UC San Diego hospital cited for dirty surgical equipment

June 14, 2018

California health officials have declared an "immediate jeopardy" situation at UC San Diego hospital over cleaning issues with its surgical equipment, according to an article on the 10News website. 

Officials said that “surgical instruments were not cleaned and processed according to nationally recognized infection control standards."

Their report said that the hospital “failed to ensure they had an effective, active system wide infection control program.”

Deficiencies that were found included trays with surgical equipment that had brown staining. Sterilizing machines reportedly had large amounts of dark rust color and the exteriors were covered with dirt. 

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