Quality & Patient Safety

Cedars-Sinai offers to pay patients’ further medical costs for overexposure to radiation

Patient Safety Monitor Insider, November 11, 2009

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After admitting last month it delivered radiation via CT scans to patients at eight times the normal dose, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, has said it will pay the medical expenses for any of those patients suffering from specific ailments related to the scans, reports HealthLeaders Media. Since the error was announced, some patients have found that they have developed cataracts. Twenty percent of the 260 patients who received the abnormal amount of radiation had exposure directly to their eyes. The hospital sent letters to the patients who received the radiation, apologizing and explaining their potential risk for developing cataracts earlier than they would have normally.

The hospital discovered the error after a patient who had undergone a CT scan to evaluate a suspected stroke reported losing his hair and noticing his skin was red. The hospital then found that the settings on one of its CT scanners had been altered.

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