Hartford (Conn.) Hospital remains on probation by the Connecticut Public Health Department after inspectors found additional quality and safety violations during the 552-bed hospitals probation period, including a medical instrument left inside a surgical patient, said William Gerrish, a spokesman for the agency. Connecticut health officials placed Hartford Hospital on probation in February 2008 and required the hospital to hire consultants.
Lee Monroe, a spokeswoman for Hartford Hospital, said health officials will lift the probation once the states investigation concludes and officials have not yet given a date. Monroe said the hospital has provided public-health officials with requested plans to correct violations.
In a statement, Hartford Hospital said the hospital is passionately engaged in a process designed to make us the leader in patient safety and quality in the U.S. and touted success curbing falls and pressure ulcers; hand-washing compliance of 90%; ranking among the top decile among 17 of 28 CMS core measures; and daily tracking of patient-safety and quality issues. The statement said the violations reported in news coverage on the ongoing probation account for 3% of adverse events reported by Connecticut hospitals and surgical centers in the first half of 2008 and a small number for a hospital of its size and volume.