Dallas' Parkland Memorial Warned OB/GYN Patients of Possible Contact With Dirty Instruments

Last year, Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas sent letters to two separate groups of women, warning them of possible contact with dirty instruments, according to a Houston Chronicle report.

The notifications were not related to recent investigations conducted by the Texas Department of State Health Services, in which CMS concluded the hospital's Medicare/Medicaid status would be revoked if it did not address patient safety deficiencies.


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In the first wave of letters sent to female patients, Parkland Memorial warned patients they may have come into contact with a speculum that was taken from the reprocessing area before they were properly sterilized. The hospital disclosed all female patients who returned for testing and examination did not display any complications, though one patient did have inconclusive results.

In the second wave of letters, Parkland Memorial warned a separate group of female patients that they may have come into contact with a dirty instrument caused by sterilization equipment failure. The report did not state whether any patients returned for testing or became infected.

The Texas Department of State Health Services was alerted of Parkland Memorial's OB/GYN instrumentation issues but did not launch an investigation.

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