The federal violations include a failure to properly maintain air filtering systems that fed to operating rooms, failure to inspect or calibrate monitoring equipment and failure to approve and implement an infection prevention improvement plan.
“The failure to ensure oversight of the program that prevents infections puts patients, staff and visitors at risk of harm from environmental pathogens,” the report said.
The federal agency sent a letter to the hospital June 20 saying the hospital faced potential termination of its Medicare provider agreement.
“So what they found was some deficiencies in the documentation, which is not exactly the same as saying that something didn’t happen,” said Seattle Children’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mark Del Beccaro.
“But if it isn’t documented, it is their observation that we didn’t have sufficient oversight,” he said.
The hospital submitted a plan of correction to the agency on June 27, which Beccaro said has not yet been approved.