Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland Fined for Infectious Disease Safety Violations

March 25, 2015 10:21 PM

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Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland has agreed to pay a $71,000 settlement after state regulators cited the hospital for safety violations regarding its infectious disease protocols. The settlement agreement announced this week comes nearly two years after California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) issued three citations against Alta Bates covering six violations, including failing to place suspected tuberculosis patients in airborne infection isolation rooms.

According to the state's two-month investigation at the end of 2012, Alta Bates, which is part of the nonprofit healthcare organization Sutter Health, placed at least 23 patients believed to have airborne infectious diseases in seventeen different rooms that were not properly set up for isolation. T...

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