Connecticut public health officials have placed St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford on probation for one year, citing various state violations.
Conn. puts Hartford hospital on probation
The Hartford Courant reported that a Public Health Department's investigation was triggered by the June death of a patient following the failure of a pump used for cardiopulmonary bypass during heart surgery.
The 542-bed hospital temporarily suspended non-emergency cardiac surgeries.
Officials cited several problems with how the hospital handled the pump failure. They include putting it back into use within three or four days after it failed, without first having it examined by a clinical engineer and the manufacturer.
In a written statement, the hospital said it worked closely with the state to make improvements and has taken "aggressive actions" after it resumed cardiac surgeries.
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