Follow Up: Hospital Fined $300K For Leaving Drill Bit In Patient
Rhode Island officials have ordered the state's largest hospital to pay a $300,000 fine, the largest in state history, after operating room staff left a broken drill bit in a patient's skull during brain surgery.
State health officials on Tuesday said Rhode Island Hospital did not follow its own policy, which requires staff to do an X-ray of a patient if a surgical tool or device is missing at the end of a surgery.
Health department spokeswoman Annemarie Beardsworth says the hospital has also admitted a separate error from a July procedure in which a pair of forceps was left in a patient's abdomen.
Rhode Island Hospital CEO Timothy Babineau said in a statement that the mistakes are unacceptable and that the hospital is working to prevent similar errors in the future.