Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, has been fined $150,000, ordered to put video cameras in all its operating suites and must undergo surgery procedure protocol observation for at least one year in response to another wrong-site surgery that took place at the hospital on Oct. 22.
“The hospital's continued failure to effectively implement policies and practices to ameliorate this particular problem is frustrating and significantly damages the public's perception of safety and the credibility of R.I. Hospital's ability to consistently provide for safe surgical procedures,” wrote David Gifford, director of health for the Rhode Island Health Department, in a letter to the hospital's chief executive.
The incident marks the fifth wrong-site surgery that has occurred at 632-bed Rhode Island Hospital since 2007. The most recent occurrence involved a wrong-site finger surgery, according to health department documents. Three previous procedures were wrong-site head surgeries.
Rhode Island Hospital President and CEO Timothy Babineau said in a written statement that his hospital remains “committed to decreasing the frequency of medical errors including wrong-site surgeries.” He added that the provider has requested a meeting with state health officials to further discuss the matter.