Hospital allows patient to eat herself to death, and other tales from new California report

One hospital was fined because it had shower knobs that allowed a teenage girl to hang herself.


Another got into hot water after doctors left a piece of tubing inside a heart-surgery patient.

And a third was cited for basically allowing a patient to eat herself to death.

They were among the 14 facilities, four of them in the Bay Area, that were fined by the California Department of Public Health this week following investigations that revealed their employees were somehow responsible for a patient’s serious injury or death.

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