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Wrong Patient Gets Heart Procedure

March 12, 2004

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) _ The wrong patient received a heart catheterization at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, officials said Thursday.

The hospital disclosed the error in a news release, and Dr. Duncan Finlay, the hospital’s chief executive officer, later told reporters that doctors discovered the mix-up immediately following the Monday procedure, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.

``The patient had no harm done to them,″ Finlay said. ``But let me emphasize that any mistake of this nature is important to us.″

The hospital is not releasing the name of the patient or the doctor due to privacy laws, but Finlay said an investigation is under way.

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Information from: Sarasota Herald-Tribune, http://www.herald-trib.com