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On-site probe ends at Midtown DMC site

The Detroit News

Federal and state regulators have ended an on-site inspection of the Detroit Medical Center, sparked by revelations of improperly cleaned surgical instruments disclosed by The Detroit News, the medical center said on its website Wednesday.

On Monday, a “team of surveyors” from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs were on-site at the Midtown campus as part of the probe, DMC said. That was launched after The News reported the results of a six-month investigation revealing dirty, broken or missing surgical instruments have delayed or canceled surgeries for than a decade at the center’s five hospitals.

The review was finished Tuesday, DMC officials said on the center’s website. Other details were not released.

“The hospital continues to work diligently to improve efficiencies and processes and maintain our community’s confidence in this important function,” the statement read. “DMC is committed to providing the award-winning, high-quality care that has been our legacy in Detroit for more than 150 years.”

Officials said the probe would include a multidisciplinary team of state building and health inspectors who would look at records, charts, policies and procedures. Team members also would interview patients and staff.

The News studied more than 200 pages of emails and internal reports showing that doctors complained to top DMC officials for more than 11 years that patients were being put at risk.