- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County hospital has canceled all elective surgeries after four patients who underwent orthopedic operations developed infections.

The Orange County Register reported Tuesday (https://bit.ly/11nkHLa ) that Mission Hospital opted to close 14 operating rooms in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach last week. Emergency procedures are still being performed.

The cancelations came after a major accrediting agency, The Joint Commission, found problems including high temperatures and humidity in some of the operating rooms.

The commission issued a preliminary decision Oct. 8 to deny Mission Hospital its accreditation. The hospital has 23 days to come into compliance with federal standards.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Linda Sieglen says the hospital will install new equipment and adopt new procedures.

Sieglen says the infections were not serious and the patients recovered.

Mission is the county’s third-largest hospital.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, https://www.ocregister.com

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