A recent safety advisory points out continuing problems with improperly disinfected hospital equipment in the United States.
The Joint Commission is a non-profit entity that accredits healthcare facilities in this country. The agency also inspects and surveys hospitals and physician offices to ensure safety and other standards are met. The Commission has the authority to shut down providers who pose a serious risk to their patients through violations in healthcare practices.
In a May 2014 advisory, the Joint Commission reported on inspections conducted throughout the previous year. In 2013, the agency noted increasing problems with healthcare facilities that failed to sterilize equipment properly. Consider the following findings:
Improperly sterilized equipment leaves vulnerable patients open to pathogens like hepatitis, salmonella, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other infections.
Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) are serious. The incidence of injury and death due to HAIs continues to rise, partly due to the unwitting spread of microbes through non-sterile equipment.
At non-compliant facilities, the Joint Commission made the following observations:
If you contract an infection during treatment at a North Carolina hospital and you believe it was due to inadequate or unsanitary conditions at the facility, consult an attorney to explore your options for taking legal action.
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