Texas abortion clinic cited for several health violations placing women at risk, will state close it?

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Whole Woman’s Health abortion clinic has been in the news many times, quoted by the news media as opposing regulations by the state under Texas’ new abortion laws. The media has allowed this clinic owner to talk Amy Hagstrom Miller, about how she will be forced to close and have sympathized with her regarding regulating abortion clinics.

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Yes- they remain silent about the conditions found at her clinics:

Beaumont’s only abortion clinic has been flagged on 13 violations by the Texas Department of Health.

The October 3 inspection at Whole Woman’s Health of Beaumont turned up potential health issues.

The report says the facility failed to provide a safe environment for patients and staff. The suction machines which were used on patients had numerous rusty spots which, “had the likelihood to cause infection.”

Whole Womens Health Abortion clinic inspection Oct 2013

The report also says, “the facility failed to have the EKG monitoring equipment ready if an emergency situation occurred…”

The clinic was also cited for expired drugs on the premises:

Whole Womens abortion Beaumont Inspection Oct 2013 expired drugs

As well as having documents not signed by a physician:

Whole Womens Abortion Inspection Oct 2013 non Physician

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This resembles conditions found at a Philadelphia abortion clinic run by convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell. The state found the following there:

EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT : NO RESCECITATION EQUIPMENT: CRASH CART/EKG
• *although Pennsylvania’s abortion regulations, 28 Pa. Code §29.31 et seq., require abortion providers to have functional resuscitation equipment and drugs “ready for use,” Gosnell had no such provisions. The clinic’s one defibrillator, the device used to help revive cardiac arrest patients, had not worked for years. There was only one suction source – the one Gosnell used for the abortion procedures – and no equipment to assist with breathing. And on February 18, 2010, three months after Karnamaya Mongar had died of an overdose of anesthesia, there was no “crash cart” with the drugs necessary to reverse the effects of just such overdoses. Had a ny of these items been present in the clinic, as the law requires, Mrs. Mongar might be alive.

• *Gosnell’s facility also lacked equipment legally mandated for monitoring sedated patients. According to Kareema Cross, the clinic owned one old electrocardiogram (EKG) machine to monitor heart rate and a pulse oximeter, an instrument that is attached to the patient’s finger and measures oxygen saturation in the blood, but these had not worked for at least six years. These instruments are the minimum equipment required to monitor patients who are sedated, according to the certified gynecologist and obstetrician who shared his expertise with the Grand Jury.

UNSTERILE CONDITIONS:

*The walls appeared to be urine-splattered. The procedure tables were old and one had a ripped plastic cover. Suction tubing, which was used for abortion procedures – and
doubled as the only available suction source for resuscitation – was corroded. A large, dirty fish tank stood in the waiting room, filled with turtles and fish. The dirt-floored
basement was stuffed with patient files, plants, junk, and boxes of un-disposed-of medical waste. The entire facility smelled foul. These were the conditions after the facility had been shut down and cleaned.

2 Responses to “Texas abortion clinic cited for several health violations placing women at risk, will state close it?”

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