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Patient suffocates and a Daly City hospital gets fined

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

imageHealth care consumer news item of the day: Seton Medical Center in Daly City has been slapped with a $100,000 fine—that’s the maximum the state dishes out—after an alleged nurse’s error cost a woman her life. Here are the salient graphs from a Mercury News piece:

A nurse was changing a breathing tube on an 81-year-old woman's trachea this year and failed to remove a cap on the new tube. The cap prevented the woman from breathing and she died, according to an investigation released by California Department of Public Health.


Hospital staff didn't notice the cap was still in place until a nurse realized the woman, who was not identified, was not breathing.

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