Lucile Packard Children's Hospital fined $50,000

California Department of Public Health cites hospital for violation related to the administration of medications

Five Bay Area hospitals, including Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, were issued a total of $215,000 in penalties by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for noncompliance with policies and administrative errors that could have resulted in serious injury or death, the state agency announced Thursday (Dec. 8).

Two of those hospitals -- one in South San Francisco and another in Palo Alto -- were fined $50,000 each for violations related to the administration of medications.

Palo Alto's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital was issued a violation after the CDPH determined from a December 2010 survey that pharmacy technicians failed to properly dilute an intravenous medicine used to treat low chloride levels.

According to the violation issued to the hospital, the error resulted in a newborn patient being administered higher-than-intended doses of the medication. That patient experienced seizures after receiving the first dose of the too-potent medication and had to be treated with anticonvulsant drugs, even after discharge from the hospital, according to the CDPH.

"The failure of the facility to administer medication as ordered by the physician caused, or is likely to cause, serious injury or death to the patient," the statement of deficiencies read.

South San Francisco's Kaiser Foundation Hospital was fined $50,000 after the public health department determined the hospital failed to follow "its established policies and procedures for the safe and effective administration of medication."

Two San Francisco hospitals -- San Francisco General Hospital and the UCSF Medical Center -- were fined $50,000 and $75,000, respectively, for incidents in 2009.

Nine other hospitals outside of the Bay Area were also issued a total of $635,000 in penalties by the state for similar violations. The penalties vary in amount depending on the number of previous offenses. For incidents that occurred in 2009 or later, a first violation carries a fine of $50,000, which increases to $75,000 for second violations and $100,000 for subsequent violations. Violations that occurred before 2009 are not counted when determining a fine.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by B
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 10, 2011 at 7:46 am

If you are sick dont go to Stanford unless its with an interesting "researchable" disease. Clinically they fail on every metric. AND where are the reporters revealing, as my friends tell met, that they put radioactive waste into the storm water drains.

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Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Really "B"? My step son was born with a laundry list of problems. He was moved to Stanford where his life was saved. After twenty-four years he continues to thrive primarily because of the doctors, nurses, and staff at Stanford.

As for your friends magical thinking about radioactive waste in the storm drains, either present proof or go away.

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Posted by B
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 11, 2011 at 8:19 am

that is the problem...present proof or go away. Should I ask the PhD student to take pictures of them throwing it in the drain? She is not going to do that. Stanford should however look at this more closely. Its not suprising that we are a cancer cluster here with those practices. What I say is THE TRUTH!. The absolute truth. And you ask me to present proof? The onus is on Stanford to prove that they dont.

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Posted by B is funny
a resident of Stanford
on Dec 11, 2011 at 10:41 am

B is funny. Stanford has to provide proof that they are not commiting a crime? How amusing. B please provide proof that you are not working a dirty bomb, for example. Very amusing.

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Posted by Former grad student
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 11, 2011 at 12:19 pm

When I was a grad student at Stanford some 20 years ago, the University was cited, and I believe fined, for illegally diverting wastewater that contained (dilute, small quantities of) radioactive waste from the sewer system to the storm drains. They were having some plumbing problems in the building, and so the facilities people just did it because it was the expedient thing to do at the time without realizing that this was a no no. This happened in the department where I was a grad student, and where I myself regularly disposed of small quantities of radioactive material down the drain, as did many others in the department.

So the disposal of radioactivity down storm drains has occurred at Stanford, and there is a record of it happening.

I think that nowadays, radioactivity is no longer used (or used less often) for the types of experiments I was doing back then. Bioluminescent conjugates are more widely available now and used in place of radioactivity. However, I believe that the University's policies and practices still allow small amounts of certain types of radioactive materials to be disposed of down the drain. Hopefully, they are much more careful now about not letting that wastewater get into storm drains.

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Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Strange that B and his PhD student friend are so concerned about radioactive waste but not concerned enough to come forward with proof. B either has a magical friend with magical thinking or is a troll.

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Posted by B
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 15, 2011 at 7:04 pm

You are right it DOES happen and this student was telling me about something that happened this year. Early 2011. And its probably in a different lab. AND we do have high cancer rates in Palo Alto.

This is not FUNNY its very very serious and hard to prove without someone inspecting every single lab or a PHD student taking a photo and losing their job.

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