Pro-choice advocates continue to challenge anything they consider a roadblock to obtaining an abortion. One of their often-heard complaints is the fact that in some states, these abortion surgical centers need to be inspected. This requirement in Pennsylvania was the direct result of the Philadelphia-based Gosnell abortion clinic which was not inspected for years. Once the atrocities that occurred there became known, Gosnell’s abortion clinic assumed the title of “the House of Horrors” where women died or were injured during the abortion process, three newborn babies were murdered during late-term abortions and aborted baby parts were found in jars scattered throughout the building.
Is this really want we want in a supposed civilized society?
Why would you not want all medical facilities to be inspected? Even if you support abortion, should not a clean, well-run facility be where you would want to go?
As an example of what is found during these state inspections, please see the most recent report below for the Northeast Philadelphia Planned Parenthood Women’s Surgical Center (December 2020) found on the PA Department of Health website. Inspections are not a means of delaying abortions – they are a way to ensure that those obtaining an abortion are treated with the same safety protocols as anyone would be in a hospital or outpatient procedure center.
I often think if these inspections were not required, the pro-abortion advocates would be demanding that these facilities be clean and within all state guidelines as are other medical facilities. But because Planned Parenthood and other abortion centers complain about the inspection requirements (in their words “administrative hurdles) pro-abortion advocates have re-framed the discussion into one of limiting freedom to abort. Planned Parenthood calls these TRAP laws (Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers).
Steps taken to ensure patient safety should not be confused with restricting those patients.
I would suggest all readers of this blog intermittently monitor their individual state’s Department of Health website to review abortion clinic inspections.
PPSP FAR NORTHEAST HEALTH CENTER (Comly Road)
Health Inspection Results
Based on observation, review of facility policy and interview with staff (EMP), it was determined the facility failed to ensure a safe and sanitary environment in accordance with the facility approved policy for medication and specimen storage.
Observation tour conducted on December 16, 2020, with EMP2 revealed a specimen refrigerator which contain containers of tissue specimens revealed an open vial of tuberculin solution and quality control solutions. Further review revealed the tuberculin solution did not have a date of opening nor a date of discard.
Observation tour conducted on December 16, 2020, with EMP2 of the Operating Room revealed rust on brackets of the OR, stains on the OR floor and paint chips on the floor.
Review of facility policy “Infection Control Plan-Far Northeast Surgical Center last revised February 20, 2020, revealed “In using Standard Precautions, we assume all human blood, certain human body fluids and Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM) are known to be infectious and use precautions with every patient and every procedure to reduce risk in the workplace. These practices are designed to both protect health care staff and to prevent staff from spreading infections among patients.”
An interview conducted on December 16, 2020, with EMP2 confirmed the above findings in the operating room and the issues of non-compliance identified in the specimen refrigerator during the observation tour in the facility.
Plan of Correction:
The Center Manager is responsible for ensuring the facility maintains a safe and sanitary environment and will address findings no later than 4/30/21.
1) The facility maintains two refrigerators, one for lab reagents/lab specimens and another for medication. The opened vial of tuberculin solution was removed/discarded immediately. All facility staff will receive training (retraining) on the Infection Control Plan related to proper storage and labeling of medication. The Center Manager (in collaboration with Director of Clinical Services) will provide staff retraining, obtain documentation of training, and monitor compliance. Additionally, labels with storage requirements will be added to the refrigerators. The Center Manager will monitor the refrigerators weekly for one month and monthly thereafter. Monitoring and any findings will be documented on the temperature logs, which are specific to each fridge. The CM will report on monitoring efforts at next quarterly Infection Control Committee. Reports from the Infection Control Committee are included in the quarterly Compliance, Risk, and Quality Management (CRQM) report to the Governing Board. The Director of Patient Services will ensure completion of the Plan of Correction.
2) As of 2/15/21, our Facilities Manager had serviced the Operating Room and the rust, stains and paint chips have been removed. The Center Manager (CM) will conduct monthly visual inspection of facility, looking for any items/areas needing repair (stains, rust, paint) and work with Facilities Manager to address any issues. The CM will report on monitoring efforts at next quarterly Infection Control Committee. Reports from the Infection Control Committee are included in the quarterly RQM report to the Governing Board. The Director of Patient Services will ensure completion of the Plan of Correction.