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VA hospital in Va. working to correct deficiencies

Wednesday - 9/19/2012, 11:55am  ET

HAMPTON, Va. - The Hampton VA Medical Center is working to correct deficiencies in medication procedures in its intensive care unit.

The deficiencies include medication carts that didn't always lock properly, inadequately stocked medical supplies and keeping the unit's medication refrigerator at incorrect temperatures.

The deficiencies were found by investigators from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of the Inspector General. The Virginian-Pilot ( http://bit.ly/PFCcdo) says the findings were released Monday.

Investigators visited the medical center in June. They didn't find any instances of inappropriate patient care or harm.

U.S. Sen. Jim Webb requested the investigation after he received a complaint in April.

The medical center has developed a plan to correct the deficiencies by February 2013.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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