New infection control protocols at California hospital that closed OR last year due to HAI

A review of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services inspection reports over the past five years by The Orange County Register reveals how award-winning hospitals can fail to follow protocols designed to prevent hospital-acquired infections. The article focuses primarily on Mission Hospital in California, which had to close its operating rooms last year after regulators searched for the sources of an infection that caused four patients to become seriously ill following hip and knee replacement surgeries. The federal reports show that Mission was cited for having insects, an understaffed infection control department and dangerously cold temperatures in operating rooms, according to the newspaper. Neither federal inspectors nor healthcare leaders were able to find the source of the infections, but over the past year, administrators say they've overhauled the infection control department and put a number of fixes in place to prevent future problems. Article

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