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Another Major Quality Breakdown at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

BIDMC again cited by state and federal health authorities for major errors.

Federal and state agencies have cited Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for three instances of wrong site spinal surgery over a two-month period beginning in September 2010. The surgeons apparently failed to correctly count the patients’ vertebrae, leaving one patient with pain and limited mobility. A full report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is expected following BIDMC’s submission of a plan of correction, which is due January 7, 2011.

Boston Globe: Beth Israel erred in 3 spinal operations

Fox: Report: Boston Hospital Botched Spinal Surgeries

BIDMC’s Other Recent Major Quality Breakdowns:

August 8, 2010 2 biopsy errors result in an unnecessary surgery and delayed treatment
March 25, 2009 Doctor dozed during surgery, report says
April 10, 2009 Beth Israel faulted for staph outbreak in mothers, babies
July 3, 2008 Surgeon operates on patient's wrong side