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Sacred Heart Medical Center Cited for Violation of Safety Standards in H1N1 Prevention
Date:2/18/2010

SPOKANE, Wash., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On January 29, 2010, Sacred Heart Medical Center was cited and fined $8,000 for failing to adhere to state and national H1N1 influenza safety standards. The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) issued the citation and fine for violation of Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines on H1N1 and also for violation of the DOSH Directive on Enforcement Procedures for High or Very High Occupational Exposure Risk to the 2009 H1N1 Influenza.  

L&I found the hospital to be in violation in eight specific instances and issued a fine for each violation, totaling $8,000 in fines. The findings were in response to a complaint filed in October of 2009 by the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) against Sacred Heart and its infection control policies regarding the use of N-95 respirators in treating suspected or diagnosed H1N1 patients. The N-95 respirators are recommended by the CDC for use when healthcare personnel are within 6 feet of suspected or confirmed H1N1 patients.  Sacred Heart nurses were reporting difficu
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