Translated by Fulano from an article in AFN Tijuana.
Mexicali BC, March 30, 2015 – Cofepris [Mexico’s federal health ministry] closed three operating rooms and the intensive care room at Hospital Quirúrgico del Valle in downtown Mexicali. It was there the young Australian, Eva Nicole Sarmonikas, 28 years old, had a liposuction on her abdomen and buttocks.
The federal health inspectors found diverse anomalies which violated the General Health Law and its regulations, so they proceeded to place seals which suspended activities in the operating rooms, the intensive care room and the storage area for Dangerous and Infectious Biological Residues at that Hospital, which rents out those areas to cosmetic surgeons and other health professionals, as stated in a communique.
Last March 20, 2015, Sarmonikas underwent cosmetic surgery by Dr. Víctor Manuel Ramírez Hernández, which killed her. The doctor is the subject of an investigation for possible medical malpractice by the Baja California State Attorney General, which could determine his criminal responsibility.
During the inspection by personnel from Cofepris, they found diverse irregularities, such as:
– Finding expired medications and medical supplies, unmaintained equipment, lack of a nursing center and lack of a filtered air system in the intensive care room.
– The operating rooms did not have strategic areas marked, insufficient medical equipment, delivery room contiguous to an operating room and the recovery area without physical divisions.
– They also detected inadequate handling of Dangerous and Infectious Biological Residues, medical personnel without complete documentation, such as licenses and professional titles.
They are getting ready to fine the hospital
In addition to closing these areas, Cofepris is preparing to fine the Hospital for failure to comply with legislation, a criminal complaint to the federal Attorney General and hold a hearing with the National Medical Arbitrage Commission, to determine responsibilities in the doctor’s case.
With this closure, there have been 80 medical consultation offices and cosmetic medical clinics suspended for irregularities so far in the administration of President Peña Nieto, in various Mexican states.