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KFH fined for following vaccine storage error

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The Kaiser Foundation Hospital in South San Francisco, California, was fined $50,000 by the California Department of Health for its failure to properly maintain vaccines and medications which resulted in the deaths of two patients, The Bay Citizen reports.

According to the investigation by CDH, KFH's inadequate refrigeration of medication exposed patients to serious health hazards. CDH found that between 2006 and 2009, KFH stored 78 types of medication in a refrigerator unit that was supposed to be set at a temperature just above freezing, but instead the temperature was set at zero degrees Celsius due to an engineering error.

"Our physicians worked with their patients to determine if any additional actions may have been needed, and if warranted, patients received re-vaccinations or retests at no charge," Frank Beirne, senior vice president of KFH South San Francisco, said in a statement.

In a medical setting, engineering errors can result in serious harm to patients. Errors and omissions coverage may cover some of the legal costs, but theirs is no telling if the damage done to the patients can ever be undone.

 

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