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Survey indicates lapses in sanitary conditions

November 02, 2011
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TORRANCE, CA — Changes are being made at County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in response to a federal survey, according to the Daily Breeze.

In a review that was conducted eight months ago, the Federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, which controls funding that hospitals depend on to operate, found that Harbor-UCLA "failed to maintain a sanitary environment for the provision of surgical services," the article stated.

According to the article, the unsafe conditions were deemed serious enough that the hospital received a letter threatening to revoke millions of dollars in Medicare funding.

"We are committed to actively identifying and reporting opportunities for improvement and, in so doing, subject ourselves to scrutiny that other organizations might not invite," said Delvecchio Finley, chief executive officer (CEO) of the hospital.

"But, we feel it is important to do so to ensure we continuously improve our quality and fulfill our mission," Finley added.

Fixes include the reorganization and restructuring of the hospital''s infection prevention and control unit, identifying problems with the physical plant and enhancing efforts to assure staff members are washing their hands and practicing good hygiene, the article noted.

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