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Potential $100,000 fine puts the spotlight on OR humidity

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, June 1, 2010

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On April 13, the California Department of Public Health fined Southwest Healthcare System in Murrieta $100,000 for the alleged lapses. 

According to records reviewed by the Department of Public Health, three scheduled cesarean sections were performed at Southwest October 26 and 28, 2009, despite low humidity levels noted earlier on those days in the surgical suites. 

Southwest Healthcare has appealed the penalty and requested a meeting with the state to discuss the findings, said Ralph Montano, an information officer at the Department of Public Health.

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