Wednesday, August 10, 2016

UCH comments on disinfection procedures

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 10:41 AM

click to enlarge Memorial Hospital is accused of violating protocols in handling medical devices. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Memorial Hospital is accused of violating protocols in handling medical devices.
In Wednesday's edition of the Independent, we published a story about a lawsuit filed against the University of Colorado Health by a former worker, who contends she was fired after calling attention to a patient safety issue.

We'd reached out to UCH for a comment on Monday afternoon but didn't get a statement until the Indy went to press.

Here's that statement:
Patient care and safety are top priorities for Memorial Hospital.

Memorial regularly works closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to ensure that we provide the very best and safest care for our patients.

Earlier this year, the CDPHE conducted a survey and found that certain steps in a complex cleaning process for a type of ultrasound device were not always being followed or properly documented. While we are not aware of any infections associated with the devices or any patients who have been impacted, Memorial Hospital immediately retrained staff members and put in place new processes to ensure the devices were being properly cleaned.

Memorial Hospital teaches disinfection procedures in new employee orientations, through regular employee education and through rounding and direct observation by supervisors and hospital executives. UCHealth also has a system-wide committee specifically dedicated to high-level disinfection processes.

The hospital urges employees to “Speak up for Safety”, to coach coworkers on best practices, and to anonymously report any concerns so all issues can be quickly investigated and corrected. In addition, Memorial Hospital has a dedicated team of infection prevention experts whose sole job is to ensure the safest possible environment for our patients.

We cannot comment on personnel issues or potential litigation.

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