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Inspection: 312358609 - Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Oakland

Nr: 312358609Report ID: 0950614Open Date: 01/05/2010

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
350 Hawthorne Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
Union Status: Union
SIC: 8011/Offices and Clinics of Doctors of Medicine
NAICS: 622110/General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Mailing: 350 Hawthorne Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:04/15/2010
Close Case:

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident361619265    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 2 7 10
Current Violations 1 1 4 6
Initial Penalty $18,000 $75,000 $0 $8,485 $0 $101,485
Current Penalty $8,100 $70,000 $0 $6,350 $0 $84,450
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 5199 D02 04/19/2010 06/05/2010 $675 $675 $0 05/20/2010 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 2. 01002 Other 5199 I04 04/19/2010 06/05/2010 $0 $675 $0 05/20/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Other 5199 H07 04/19/2010 05/22/2010 $0 $505 $0 05/20/2010 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 4. 01004 Other 5199 H09 04/19/2010 05/10/2010 $0 $505 $0 05/20/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 01005 Other 5199 G06 04/19/2010 04/30/2010 $675 $675 $0 05/20/2010 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 6. 01006 Other 3203 B02 04/19/2010 05/22/2010 $0 $450 $0 05/20/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  7. 01007 Other 342 A 04/19/2010 04/22/2010 $5,000 $5,000 $0 05/20/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  8. 02001 Serious 5199 H01 04/19/2010 04/23/2010 $8,100 $18,000 $0 05/20/2010 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 9. 03001 Willful 5199 H06 A 04/19/2010 05/07/2010 $0 $5,000 $0 05/20/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  10. 04001 Willful 5199 H06 04/19/2010 05/07/2010 $70,000 $70,000 $0 05/20/2010 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 312358609Event: 12/10/2009Employee Hospitalized With Bacterial Meningitis
On December 3, 2009, a respiratory therapist (Employee #1) working in the Emergency Department of the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center was exposed to a patient with bacterial meningitis. Employee #1 was hospitalized for 11 days with life-threatening bacterial meningitis starting on December 10, 2009, and he was released on December 21, 2009, from John Muir-Mt. Diablo Medical Center. The employer reported the hospitalization to Cal/OSHA on December 15, 2009. The employer failed to report the bacterial meningitis case in a timely manner to the local health authority (Alameda County Public Health Department) and to one (American Medical Response) of three other employers whose employees had been exposed to the meningitis case. Two employers (Oakland Police and Oakland Fire departments) were never notified by the employer, and an employee of the Oakland Police Department also contracted a secondary case of bacterial meningitis and was hospitalized for five days in a life-threatening condition. The employer did not conduct a required exposure analysis of its own employees for possible exposure to the meningitis case for seven days, until after the respiratory therapist had been hospitalized. The casual factors of the secondary cases of bacterial meningitis in the hospital employee and police officer include: the failure of the employees to use appropriate respiratory protection; the employer's failure to report the meningitis case in a timely manner to the local health authority and to other employers whose employees had been exposed to the index case; and the employer's failure to conduct a timely and complete exposure analysis of its own employees potentially exposed to the index case.
Keywords: infectious disease
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 312358609 Hospitalized injury Other Health diagnosing practitioners, n.e.c.

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