University Community Hospital, Tampa, Fla.
A 77-year-old male patient died March 3 after a hospital employee mistakenly removed his respirator. State officials are investigating reports that a hospital employee incorrectly labeled the cause of death as "natural."
On Feb. 20, the wrong leg was amputated on a 51-year-old diabetic patient, Willie King. A hospital official called it "the breakdown of a system."
Arthroscopic surgery was performed on the wrong knee of a female patient Feb. 15. The hospital reached an out-of-court settlement with the patient.
Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids, Mich.
According to media reports, the wrong breast was removed from a 69-year-old mastectomy patient in February. A spokesman for the hospital said, "No patient has come forward with any consent for us to discuss the alleged case, so we have to abide by rules of confidentiality and can't discuss anything specific."
St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore
In March, the hospital agreed to pay $550,000 to a 59-year-old man whose prostate gland mistakenly was removed last year after his biopsy was confused with that of a man who had cancer. The patient's attorney credited the hospital with admitting the error immediately.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston
It was revealed March 23 that the death of Boston Globe health columnist Betsy Lehman last December was caused by an overdose of a cancer drug she was given at the institute. Key staff members were reassigned or suspended. David M. Livingston, M.D., Dana-Farber's physician-in-chief, accepted "full responsibility" when the errors were disclosed and promised to publicize the results of two investigations.