Feds approve DMC’s corrective action plan for safety issues
Detroit Medical Center has received federal approval for a corrective action plan after failing a surprise inspection in January that found numerous violations of federal infection control and patient safety rules.
The violations the federal inspectors reported include failure to maintain enough sterile surgical equipment for surgeons, insufficient cleaning of dust in sterile areas and lack of containment of refrigerated medications.
DMC hospitals cited were Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital and Harper University Hospital, according to the CMS report.
Medical center officials contend many of the corrective plans have been implemented. They include: reorganization of the central sterile processing department, review of all processes related to the pretreatment, decontamination and sterilization of instruments, investment in new instruments and equipment, and creation of an instrument assessment and inventory process.
DMC’s problems with sterile surgical processing were uncovered by a six-month investigation by the Detroit News. State and federal regulators found a variety of problems at DMC’s downtown sterile processing department that serves four hospitals.
Last fall, the CMS announced that DMC had corrected more than a dozen violations of regulations covering employee and management training problems, lack of documentation and various infection control practices.
Deficiencies included staff not wearing protective gear when dealing with bodily fluids, not having enough instruments to start surgeries, and continually unclean instruments.