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Hospital to spend $1M on changes after mistakes on patients

June 8, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Hospital has agreed to spend at least $1 million to improve its systems after mistakes were made on four patients.

The hospital entered into a consent agreement with the state.

The agreement, announced Friday, says three patients were given tests they weren’t supposed to receive and a fourth had surgery, a vertebroplasty, done on the wrong vertebra.

The Department of Health isn’t taking regulatory action against the hospital, provided they take several steps to improve. The hospital must conduct facility-wide training on patient identification and procedure verification, for example.

The reported incidents occurred in February and March.

The agreement says one patient had an angiography of the brain and neck, another had an angiogram and a third had a mammogram, all of which were intended for other patients.

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