Corporate Compliance

Violations at University of Iowa hospitals

Compliance Monitor, October 17, 2007

Iowa state inspectors found 41 health and safety violations at University of Iowa Hospitals. The hospital is accused of failing to report the deaths of nine patients who were allegedly restrained at the time of their death. Inspectors also cited the hospital for issues pertaining to patients who were receiving dialysis treatments according to the Des Moines Register.

Other alleged problems cited in the inspector's report include:

  • The hospital did not maintain correct infection-control procedures.
  • The hospital failed to have a system to keep up with patients' diets, making sure that each patient had food to meet his or her physicians' orders and nutritional needs.
  • The hospital had outdated medications, medical supplies, and sutures. The items had expired as recently as 2005 and as far back as 2001.

"We took corrective action to address those concerns while the (inspectors) were still on site, and we successfully resolved their concerns," said hospital spokesperson Tom Moore in the Des Moines Register.

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