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May 11, 2013 - 3:29 pm

Well, this is rather disturbing.  Last month, the state of Ohio shut down an abortion clinic  after it was discovered they were stealing women’s blood.  The DEA got involved with the Capital Care center in Cuyahoga Falls after a report from the Ohio Department of Health cited numerous violations, including one involving drugs.  Yet, that wasn’t this clinic’s only offense.

Concerning blood:

A staff member told inspectors that “many of the facility’s patients underwent frequent surgical procedures at the facility.” There is so much wrong here, one scarcely knows where to begin.

One thing is certain: Capital Care was counting on these Rh- women to show up repeatedly to supply them with blood.

However, there was no doctor’s order for any of these women to have a tube to be drawn instead of just a finger stick, “nor was there documentation the patient was made aware of the blood sample’s intended use.”

Staffers at the clinic would keep the blood in refrigerators to be used every day over a period of two weeks.  As Pro-Life Action League noted, Rh- blood is very rare, and only 15% of the U.S. population carries this type. Hence,they would harvest it every time their “repeat customers” would arrive.

Some medical records were worthless.

One record (for “Patient #6″) deserves to be quoted in full:

Patient #6 was admitted to the facility on 12/05/12. Review of the surgical procedure documentation revealed there was no documented evidence the identification of the patient was checked, a physical exam was completed, or that a beginning or ending time for the procedure had been recorded. Review of the checklist before anesthesia revealed no vital signs were checked before or after IV sedation.

Records for five other patients were nearly as bad:

Patients #33, #36, #37, #39 and #43 were admitted between 10/29/12 and 02/14/13. The medical records were noted to be either illegible and undecipherable in regards to the surgical procedures performed by the physicians. The physicians’ post operative orders were illegible and surgical procedures lacked beginning and ending times.

Staff records were inaccurate, and the clinic didn’t have enough nurses on hand.  However, it was Capital Care’s handling of controlled substances that finally closed this shop.  In fact, the facility’s pharmacy license expired in December of 2012, and they continued to administer pain killers.

A Capital Care medical assistant (identified to in the inspection records as “Staff D”) was administering controlled substances. She was also signing the Controlled Substance Count Sheets and stated that she only gave medications when the physician directed her to do so.

But the law doesn’t allow that. A physician may not delegate to an unlicensed person the administration of a controlled substance.

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Additionally, Capital Care was operating without a valid Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Controlled Substance Certificate. Their old certificate had expired a full year earlier, on December 31, 2011.

When inspectors reviewed the Capital Care’s controlled substance log, it indicated that all of the facility’s Fentanyl (a painkiller) was used up. According to the log, there was none in the entire facility.

But inspectors found a portable box on top of a file cabinet in the administration office.  It was double-locked, but could have been picked up and taken away, as it was not secured to anything.

A week later, on February 21, DEA staff arrived at the facility to “conduct a review of the pending application.” (Presumably, the clinic’s administration had since contacted the DEA about getting their Controlled Substance Certificate up to date.)   The double-locked box kept on the on the file cabinet was opened and revealed the presence of six syringes containing Fentanyl.

If anything, this should give more reason as to why abortion clinics should be regulated, but pro-aborts aren’t budging.

Matt Vespa is a conservative blogger who contributes to CNS News, RedState, Noodle Pundit, and was formerly with Hot Air's GreenRoom.

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How many of these awful clinics are there? Does this happen so often because to work in a place that destroys life one must be a little callous and somewhat "off"?
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
"this should give more reason as to why abortion clinics should be regulated"

They are regulated. It's that the regulations are ignored and haphazardly enforced. It's kinda like the immigration laws. Abortion and immigration are high priority issues for Dems, so enforcement becomes low priority. Dems refuse to play by the rules. They cheat whenever it suits them.
49 weeks ago
49 weeks ago Link To Comment
And they should be more regulated ... regulated to the same standard as any other medical facility that performs medical/surgical procedures. Yes, including the hallways being wide enough to accommodate a gurney plus attendants. It's mind-blowing that it's not that way from the start.
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