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2 San Diego hospitals among 11 fined in California for code violations

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Two San Diego hospitals are among 11 in California that have each been fined $25,000 for alleged regulation violations that caused injury or death to patients.

The California Department of Public Health assessed the penalties Thursday for failures in care, such as leaving sponges or other surgical tools inside patients.

Other penalties were issued for failures in communication between hospital departments or inadequate nurse training.

The fined hospitals are in Alameda, Humboldt, Los Angeles, Mendocino, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. They can appeal the citations within 10 days.

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center in Chula Vista was fined for not following surgical policy and procedure, which led to one patient having to undergo a second surgery to remove a foreign object.

Tri-City Hospital District in Oceanside received a fine for the fall of a patient.

It's the first such penalty for both hospitals.

All the hospitals must submit a plan of correction to the state, which outlines how the violations would be avoided in the future.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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