LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal inspection reports show a major Los Angeles hospital had unclean and unsafe operating rooms and failed to protect its patients from possible infection.

The documents, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, say operating rooms at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center were kept at the wrong humidity level, which can lead to the spread of germs, and staff members weren’t washing their hands according to policy.

Inspectors also found rooms that had holes in the ceilings or that were dusty and cluttered.

After the inspection earlier this year at the county-run institution, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sent a letter threatening to revoke Medicare funding, a move that could financially destroy the hospital.

The Times says the county has submitted a plan of correction. The federal agency hasn’t issued its follow-up report.

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Comments (2)
  1. slear says:

    Someone should investigate the Psych department at Harbor UCLA. They put the women in a TV room on couches and on the floor together. Men and women share two bathrooms. I heard it’s a really scary place.

    1. Nurse Kat says:

      Im a nurse at Harbor-Ucla and its not a scary place to work. We give good care to all of our patients…I’m proud to say I work for Harbor-Ucla..;-)

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