June 12, 2018

San Diego hospital in ‘Immediate Jeopardy’ for dirty surgical equipment

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor’s Note

After a routine survey, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) declared “Immediate Jeopardy” at UC San Diego’s Hillcrest campus because of cleaning issues with its surgical equipment, the June 8 10News reports.

A CDPH report says that deficiencies found included:

  • trays of surgical equipment with brown stains
  • sterilizing machines with large amounts of dark rust color and exteriors covered with dirt
  • postoperative instruments with blood on them.

The hospital says it chose to reprocess all surgical instruments, an approach approved by the CDPH, and  “Immediate Jeopardy” was lifted 24 hours after it began. The hospital also notes that there has been no evidence of patient impact or harm.

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