AKRON — An anti-abortion group has filed a complaint with the Ohio Department of Health over code violations from an inspection of the Northeast Ohio Women's Center on State Road in Cuyahoga Falls last July. The July inspection followed an inspection in November last year that also found violations.
Neither the Northeast Ohio Women's Center nor the Ohio Department of Health immediately returned phone calls seeking comment.
In the Nov. 10 letter, Denise Leipold, executive director of Northeast Ohio Right to Life, states “I find it reprehensible that a facility could continue to keep operating, especially with two similar lists of violations within such a short time.”
The alleged violations found in July include a staff member who tested positive for tuberculosis and had no followup and was not aware of the positive test. Also, no annually required TB tests could be found on file for any other staff, according to the report.
In another alleged violation, registered nurses did not have the required Advanced Cardiac Life Support training to work in the recovery room, yet staffed the recovery room without the training.
Other alleged violations included: the facility director of nursing did not have experience in operating or recovery rooms; improper sterilization of equipment; cross contamination of sterilized equipment; improper storage of biohazard materials and contact of biohazard materials with sterile equipment and expired expiration dates on emergency crash cart materials.
The July inspection report stated the violations “could potentially affect all the patients receiving care in the facility. A total of 754 surgical and medical procedures were conducted in the most recent 12 months.”
Leipold states Northeast Ohio Right to Life is an advocate against abortion, but added the organization is “equally concerned about the welfare and safety of women” who use clinics such as the Northeast Ohio Women's Center.