Sutter/Alta Bates Fined $71K for Willful Failure to Safely Isolate Potential TB Patients

March 26, 2015 6:06 AM

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For Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit hospital, this is just the latest in a series of workplace safety incidents that also included a 2012 fine of $84,450 for willful misconduct in dangerously exposing staff to a serious illness that resulted in permanent disabilities for a respiratory tech and an Oakland police officer, and sewage failures in January 2013 that featured human waste dripping through the ceiling.

In the latest case, during a two-month inspection over the last two months of 2012, Cal/OSHA found that Sutter placed 23 patients believed to have aerosol transmissible diseases, suspected to be TB, in “isolation” rooms at Sutter’s Oakland hospital that failed to meet state regulatory standards. In ...

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