California hospital shuts down ORs after patient infections

Orange County, California's third-largest hospital has suspended all elective surgeries after four patients developed infections following orthopedic surgery, according to the Orange County Register. An intervention by the Joint Commission discovered problems such as excessive temperatures and humidity in Mission Hospital's 14 operating rooms (ORs) in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach, according to the article. The Joint Commission issued Mission a preliminary denial of accreditation, giving it 23 days to bring the ORs into compliance. If it is unable to get the denial designation removed, Mission--the only California hospital issued the designation—could lose its Medicare and Medicaid funding. Medicare funds comprise more than 20 percent of the hospital's budget, according to the Register. Article

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