- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is expected to retain its accreditation after follow-up testing found the hospital has improved the way it documents the sterilization of surgical items.

The hospital was informed Monday that following a review, a commission survey team changed its recommendation from a denial to a contingent accreditation, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (http://bit.ly/1H0hqDq ).

A survey last month by the Joint Commission, a nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies U.S. health care organizations, found that the hospital had not properly documented flash sterilization. Hospital standards require that sanitization of screws or plates be documented to ensure they are truly sterile.

Without the accreditation, the hospital would not have been able to get reimbursement from Medicare, which totals one-third of the hospital’s revenue.

According to the commission’s original report, hospital workers failed to document sterilization testing following flash sterilization procedures on three occasions since January.

The commission considered the matter an immediate health and safety risk. The commission ordered the follow-up tests.

The Joint Commission’s accreditation committee will now meet June 11 to make a final decision.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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