State Tells DMC To Clean Up Its Act Or Lose Medicare Patients

November 28, 2018 - 10:12 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Inspectors from the state are investigating reports about the conditions at Detroit Receiving Hospital.  

It comes after a 27-page report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in October found a host of unsanitary conditions. 

In one incident, a medical professional was observed dressing a wound by laying a roll of surgical tape on the incision three times, then returning the roll to a bin to used again.  There are also reports medical professionals failing to wash their hands before and after removing surgical gloves in the operating room. 

Officials say the hospital also failed to properly address the reasons behind the surgical site infections in six patients.

There are also reports of missing documents regarding a mix up of dirty and clean surgical instruments, which may, or may not have ended up in the operating room. 

While another issue in the report addressed an ink pen found in a tray of surgical instruments.

Inspectors with LARA (Licensing and Regulatory Affairs) have been going over the facility.  

If the problems aren't corrected, Detroit Receiving could lose the ability to care for Medicare patients.