Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sorry, Wrong Disc: Boston's Beth Israel Censured for Spine Surgery Mistakes

It seems that surgeons of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston (a Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School and the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox) don't know how to count very well.

Three times in two months surgeons miscounted discs and ended up operating in the wrong section of patients' spines. Yipes.

This unusual number of serious mistakes brought understandable concern from federal and state health inspectors. In fact, they have formally censured the hospital for these malpractice errors.

Beth Israel officials have taken pains to broadcast that they've decided not to charge the patients for the botched surgeries.

By the way, the hospital also prides itself as an abortion provider, an abortion training center and a loyal partner with Planned Parenthood.

So, if you get sick in Boston, please remember which hospital to studiously avoid.