University Hospital receives second unannounced visit

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 | 8:48 p.m. CST; updated 9:27 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 26, 2011

COLUMBIA — University Hospital recently received an unannounced follow-up inspection by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Jo Ann Wait, spokeswoman for the hospital, confirmed that a survey team arrived Jan. 18 at the hospital to complete a follow-up inspection and left Tuesday. The inspectors worked during portions of the day throughout the six-day process, she said.

The centers conducted an unannounced on-site survey from Nov. 1 to Nov. 5 after receiving complaints from a former hospital employee, according to a previous Missourian report.

In a 47-page report, inspectors cited problems with infection control and physical environment standards. Among some of the problems, inspectors found expired supplies, dust on surfaces in the surgical unit, dirt and debris in kitchen preparation areas and stains on floors and equipment. Inconsistent hand-washing procedures were also a problem, according to the report.

"These are issues we take seriously," said Les Hall, chief medical officer for MU Health Care, in another Missourian article. "We are going to do our due diligence to make sure that it's corrected."

About 120 University Hospital and Clinics employees put in overtime and unpaid hours in December cleaning up facilities.

Wait said that it could take 10 days to two weeks to receive a report from the survey team.

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