DMC surgery team catches dirty surgical tray before entering OR

Written by Mackenzie Garrity | October 11, 2018 | Print  |

On top of a federal investigation into its heart center over unsterile instruments, Detroit Medical Center confirmed a surgery team discovered a dirty instrument tray, according to The Detroit News.

The operating team noticed the dirty tray before it entered the operating room of orthopedic surgeon Hussein Darwiche, MD. He and DMC officials said no patients were exposed to the dirty instruments.

It's standard procedure for operating room technicians to check instruments before they enter the OR. In a statement to The Detroit News, Dr. Darwiche said, "As the lead surgeon in the case you reference, I can tell you that the process worked and the only surgical instruments that went into my OR were sterile."

Federal health officials are also investigating DMC after four cardiologists and the heart center's lead physician reported claims of poor patient care and dirty surgical instruments. The physicians who made the allegations were terminated or resigned.

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