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MU Health Care inspection reveals hygiene problems



A registered nurse at University Hospital in Columbia, MO, entered a patient's room without a hand-washing, removed the patient's IV lock without wearing gloves and left the room, again without washing. The nurse then went into another patient's room, opened a drawer, grabbed a flashlight and brought it back into the first patient's room. The detail is among scores in a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services report from November 2010 that MU Health Care representatives said Monday they are addressing in preparation for a follow-up inspection by the regulator. CMS conducted an unannounced, on-site survey from Nov. 1 to Nov. 5 after receiving a complaint from a former employee, MU Health Care CEO Jim Ross confirmed.
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