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JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL, THE 600 NORTH WOLFE STREET BALTIMORE, MD 21287 July 16, 2013
VIOLATION: FACILITIES, SUPPLIES, EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE Tag No: A0724
Based on the July 16, 2013 observation of the central supply storage area and adjacent office, break room and bath rooms, and interview of staff working in this area of the hospital complex, it was revealed that pest and vermin were not controlled or eliminated as was possible.

The findings included:

On July 16, 2013, a complaint investigation was conducted in response to allegations that the central supply storage area of this hospital was infested with cockroaches. Based on observation of the staff bathrooms, several dead insects were identified. Likewise, a tour of the central storage room revealed the presence of another dead insect. Interview of staff working at the central storage area revealed that several had observed cockroaches in different areas of this operation. These areas included bath rooms, the office, and the corridors outside of both of these areas.

A tour of the central storage area revealed the presence of debris and other items. This was found to be an indication that improved environmental service and cleaning was in order. Further, it was found that wooden pallets were used to store items off of the floor but the use of the pallets compromised the ability of staff to clean and of the pest control service vendor to inspect for activity.

A tour of the staff break room revealed that it was in need of deep cleaning and that some of the furniture and cabinets within could be removed to allow for better access for both cleaning and for the pest control service vendor to monitor activity.

A tour of the bathroom revealed that both the male and female staff bathrooms were equipped with a shower, but the door to these spaces had been locked for some extended period of time. Upon inspection of one of the two shower rooms, dead insects and a large accumulation of dirt and debris was in evidence.

Facilities, supplies, and equipment must be maintained to ensure an acceptable level of safety and quality. This requirement would be of special importance when considering the hygiene for the one area within a hospital where most of the supplies and equipment would be stored awaiting use within the rest of the hospital complex.