The California Department of Public Health in the US has fined 13 hospitals in the state for violating health codes that endangered patients’ lives, it has been revealed.

Each violation carries a $25,000 fine for incidents that occurred in 2007 and 2008.

The patient safety violations include improper surgical procedures resulting in patients having to undergo a second operation to remove foreign objects.

Others included restraining a patient for radiological exams and failing to assess and intervene when a patient’s condition declined.

For any violations occurring this year, fines will be doubled to $50,000.

The penalised hospitals need to submit a plan of correction to the state, addressing the violation. They can also appeal against the citations within ten days of notification.

By staff writer.