State raises concerns with RI Hospital infection control policies

Rhode Island Hospital

The state Department of Health ordered Rhode Island Hospital to take immediate action after it found the hospital violated infection control policies when dealing with a potential measles patient.

The action was outlined in a March 21 consent order that was released to NBC 10 on Wednesday.

In its order, the Health Department ordered the hospital to develop an action plan by March 28 signed by the hospital's CEO and provide the department with the root-cause analysis no later than May 1.

The order stemmed from a March 4 inspection at the hospital by Health Department officials. The inspection revealed that the hospital was in violation of licensing rules.

A hospital representative told NBC 10 in a statement that a patient had potential measles symptoms on Feb. 28 and was masked when first admitted to the emergency department, but was not placed in a private room.

The representative said further test results showed the patient did not have measles.

The representative said the hospital has complied with most of the actions required by the Health Department and will meet the deadlines outlined in the order.

The representative said the hospital is also re-educating emergency department staff on policies and procedures that must be followed when treating patients with symptoms consistent with rare communicable diseases.