Hospital Issues

Delay Finding Psych Bed Leads To Patient Death02 November 2011


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A lawsuit has been filed against hospital ED personnel and Security guards after a patient with pyschiatric issues ended up dead at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in April. Published reports indicate that the death followed a choke hold by security personnel attempting to control the patient who became difficult to control as attempts to find an open psych bed in the area drug on.

The suit, filed by the mother of the deceased in September, alleges that no meaningful attempt was made to resuscitate the patient once it was discovered that he was unresponsive.

Local police were apparently not notified of the death until the circumstances were brought to their attention in September by the State medical examiner. The local media indicate that the police are now investigating the case as a possible negligent homicide. There is no indication whether CMS has instituted an EMTALA investigation or whether The Joint Commission has instituted an accreditation review.

The local story can be found at http://m.fayobserver.com/articles?path=/articles/2011/10/29/1133423

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