On Friday, a St. Louis circuit judge issued a temporary restraining order to keep the doors of Missouri’s sole abortion clinic open. Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region faced closure after the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) condemned it for “deficient practices.”
While the DHSS had concerns following inspection in March, the AP also reported the DHSS visited Planned Parenthood in April due to a patient’s complaint. From there, the AP cited Planned Parenthood as saying the "investigation has identified a large number of potential deficient practices requiring explanation by the physicians directly involved in patient care, as well as the attending physicians."
As a result, the DHSS refused to renew the clinic’s annual license unless all of its doctors agreed to interviews...
...Among other things, the DHSS said in a press release that same day, there was "at least one incident in which patient safety was gravely compromised" as well as "failed surgical abortions in which patients remained pregnant," “quality control and communication with a contracted pathology lab,” and “failure to obtain informed consent."
For “Planned Parenthood – St Louis,” the site publicly shares reports for 2009, 2013, 2015, and 2016 from the DHSS. From those reports, Johnson’s site listed several health violations. First off, the site stressed, the clinic was dirty.
Dust covered “equipment and supplies all over this clinic” as well as the “bin with emergency supplies.” The “refrigerator had not been cleaned in over 1 1/2 years according to a staff member” who “had no idea who was responsible for that.” There was also failure to “properly sterilize instruments that are used from woman to woman.”
The clinic was also in need of repair and new equipment.
There were “Expired meds, IV fluids, and supplies” with “Some as old as 6 years.” There were “Tears in the exam tables” which “could not be cleaned to ensure that women were not exposed to infections.”
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