LA County officials investigate Olive View-UCLA neonatal unit

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Los Angeles County's Department of Health Services is investigating whether babies received substandard care in Olive View-UCLA Medical Center's neonatal intensive care unit.

The Joint Commission, a hospital accrediting agency, received the complaint about substandard care in the neonatal unit earlier this week. The complaint also alleged that staff members were running a makeshift beauty salon on top of ventilator equipment.

The county is also investigating whether the hospital violated regulations by treating infants for longer than they were supposed to. State officials downgraded the facility two years ago, insisting that any infant needing a ventilator for more than four hours be transferred to a hospital that could provide a higher level of care. The Los Angeles Times reviewed medical records that showed at least two babies spent well over a month on a ventilator since January.

The Joint Commission has asked the hospital to respond to the allegations by May 17.

(Audio: KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke to Los Angeles Times reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske, who has been covering the story).