DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The Detroit Medical Center has avoided a loss of federal funding after passing a surprise inspection of surgical instrument sterilization.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services this week notified the hospital system that it found no deficiencies during inspections Nov. 1 and 2, The Detroit News reported.

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The newspaper says the system could have lost federal funding that totaled $705 million last year if problems weren’t fixed by Dec. 14. The DMC released a letter Thursday from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and said it’s “pleased” with the outcome.

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The medical center has admitted that unclean surgical tools sometimes forced doctors to delay procedures, although it insists that no one was harmed. The problems were reported in August by The Detroit News.

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