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Towel left inside Fresno surgery patient; hospital fined $50k

5:09 AM, Aug 31, 2012   |    comments
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FRESNO, CA (AP) - California regulators have fined a Fresno hospital $50,000 for leaving a towel in a patient who had abdominal surgery.

The patient needed a second surgery to remove the towel. The Fresno Bee says the patient was examined at Saint Agnes Medical Center two years ago for abdominal pain and she had surgery.

The state health report released Thursday says the woman returned four months later complaining of pain, nausea and vomiting and she was hospitalized for five days. She was released and returned for a third time. Surgery was ordered again and the towel was removed.

Saint Agnes says hospital officials will take disciplinary action against the doctor who left the towel in the patient. State health officials announced the hospital fine on Thursday

The Associated Press

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