Daily Outrage: SF General among 13 hospitals in state fined for endangering patients 

WHERE: San Francisco General Hospital

WHAT: Three Bay Area hospitals were fined $25,000 or $50,000 on Wednesday by the California Department of Public Health for medical errors that harmed or endangered patients. San Francisco General Hospital, Kaiser Foundation Oakland/Richmond Hospital and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center were penalized, along with 10 Southern California hospitals.

WHY: One-third of such penalties are for medication errors, and nearly 20 percent come from sponges or surgical tools left inside patients. San Francisco General Hospital was fined $25,000 — its first administrative penalty — because a patient had to undergo removal of a foreign object.

WHAT’S BEING DONE: All 13 hospitals must submit plans of correction to the state and undergo follow-up inspections.

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