The inspection showed 23 pages of violations at the Volunteer Women's Center which is licensed as an ambulatory surgical treatment center. Examples of violations included autoclave for sterilizing equipment not operational and emergency crash cart not containing required equipment and out of date meds. It is interesting to note that the state of TN does not currently require that facilities that perform abortions be licensed as ambulatory surgical treatment centers. So if this is how an ASTC operates, it is scary to image how those who do not meet even these requirements operate and prey upon the women they pro-port to serve.
The Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health which also does abortions had 21 pages of violations discovered including sutures 12 years beyond expiration date, outdated birth control pills, improper storage of sterile equipment. In other words, these facilities did not follow proper infection control protocol for their surgical services and basic patient care services.
One doctor said Tuesday that he became seriously concerned for women's health after reading the reports.
Dr. Rod Briggs ,a practicing OB/GYN, spoke Tuesday across the street from Volunteer Women's Health Clinic which performs abortions. He said the violations found in the 21-page state inspection report raised serious questions for him as a physician.Clinic co-manager of the Center for Reproductive Health Corrine Rovetti , dismissed the seriousness of the infractions.
"None of those deficiencies directly affected patient care. They were more related to tidying and cleaning up, they did not affect patient care at all," said Rovetti.
Dr. Biggs disagreed stating....." If the instruments aren't cleaned when the procedures are performed, what an egregious medication situation we have here"The DOH did not feel the violations were serious enough to warrant closure and allowed the abortion facilities two months to correct infractions before re inspection. The plan of correction did not mention advising former patients of possible issues surrounding their care.