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Dust bunnies find their way into Missouri hospital

Calling all dust busters, feather dusters, and brooms: The University of Missouri Health Care needs you.

After a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) five-day survey at the Columbia, MO, facility in November, 66 findings of dust were recorded in the 47-page survey report, according to Fierce Healthcare.

The report found dust collecting in a same-day surgery suite, a pre-op room, and on a portable ultrasound machine. In the same-day surgery suite, surveyors found 100 sticky spots on the floor and a dust layer on top of an anesthesia cart and a fluoroscopic camera located above the surgical table. In the pre-op room, sterile gloves and other supplies pulled from a storage bin had pieces of dust sticking to the packaging, reported Fierce Healthcare.

The hospital was visited by eight CMS surveyors after a past employee filed a complaint.

Take a look at the report given by the CMS surveyors.

How does your facility manage dust? Let us know in our comment section.

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Erica Jordan About the Author: Erica is an Editorial Assistant and manages Infection Control Weekly Monitor and Hospital Safety Connection. She also blogs weekly for Stressed Out Nurses and Patient Safety.

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  1. Sounds like the facility needs to do some “house cleaning” in their housekeeping department.

    This is a good example where a system has failed. Obviously, no one is checking to make sure proper cleaning is being done.

    Proper safety requires the appropriate process that assures protocol are being followed.

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