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Defending Life Spotlight

Pennsylvania-DL-2021

Unsafe Spotlight

Pennsylvania has a regulatory framework in place by which the Pennsylvania Department of Health, through the Health Care Facilities Division, posts inspection reports online.57 Facilities in the state were cited for failing to notify patients after incidents, issues with cleanliness, failing to inform the state after incidents involving patients being sent to the hospital, failing to monitor temperature and humidity levels in procedure rooms, improper dosages of medication, and failing to ensure medical records were properly authenticated. The Philadelphia Women’s Center failed to report three serious event occurrences to the Department. One patient was transferred to a hospital for “cervical [sic] laceration.” A second patient was transferred to the hospital for “suspected perforation [sic].” The third patient was hospitalized for an overdose of Cyototec, an abortion drug, and diagnosed with dissemi- nated intravascular coagulation. In addition, two Planned Parenthood facilities (PPSP Far Northeast Health Center and PPSP Surgical Locust Street Health Center) were cited for failing to make mandatory reports of minor patients under the age of 16, some as young as 13 years old. Both facilities’ internal policies stated that such incidents are “a crime, how- ever it is NOT a mandated reportable incident.” One of the 13-year-old patients reported their age of first intercourse as 11 and another reported their age of first intercourse as 12.

Pennsylvania has a regulatory framework in place by which the Pennsylvania Department of Health, through the Health Care Facilities Division, posts inspection reports online. Health Care Facilities. Pennsylvania Department of Health.

NUMBER OF REPORTS: 135 
DATE RANGE: 2011–2019