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Inspection: Peninsula Hospital Staff Handled Blood Samples Without Gloves

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Laboratory problems are forcing changes at Peninsula Hospital in Queens.

The State Department of Health has ordered the hospital to stop admitting patients and performing surgeries, and plan to transfer its current patients elsewhere.

The order comes after Peninsula's lab permit was suspended for 30 days after an inspection found, "problems that failed to meet the accepted standards of care."

Officials say they found staff handling blood samples without wearing gloves and in one case an employee, with only two days' training, was in charge of the blood bank.

The hospital says it is complying with the state's orders and is developing a plan to fix the problems as soon as possible.

This is just the latest problem for Peninsula, which almost had to shut down last year because of financial problems.

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