Report: Mercy Medical Center facing penalties after leaving sponge in patient

Mercy Medical Center in Redding is facing more than $40,000 in penalties after the Public Health Department says a surgical sponge was left in a patients abdomen leading to their death.

According to the Health Department, the patient went to the hospital for surgery to bypass diseased large blood vessels in the abdomen and groin.

Following the surgery, the patient wound up back in the hospital because their heart stopped. An X-ray revealed a sponge in their abdomen.

An autopsy revealed the patient died from an inflammation of tissue in the abdomen generally caused by bacteria.

Public Heath conducted a series of interviews and ultimately decided to fine Mercy $47,500.

This is the second time Mercy Medical Center has been given a penalty like this.

You can read the full report here.

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