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Defending Life Spotlight

Massachusetts-DL-2021

Unsafe Spotlight

AUL submitted a public records request to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health under the Massachusetts Public Records Act, A.L.M. GL § 66-10 et seq., and received over a dozen inspection reports. Although the inspec- tions lacked scope, there were violations noted.

Perhaps the oddest deficiency found was the way staff were preparing medications at Four Women clinic. Staff would remove the metal ring from the top of the vial and remove the rubber stopper, which compromised the integrity of the multi-dose vial. Staff would remove this metal ring with a can opener or by using the door jamb; this was demonstrated to the surveyor when the nurse practitioner opened a bottle of lidocaine in the door jamb. In addition, instead of using a sterile needle and syringe, staff would pour the contents of the vial into a cup for the surgeon.

NUMBER OF REPORTS: 13 
DATE RANGE: 2015–2019