Cottage Hospital Penalized After Patient Commits Suicide

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Last week the California Department of Health released a report stating ten penalties were issued to nine California hospitals, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital was one of them.

The total fines for all nine hospitals were $549,555 after investigations found the facilities' noncompliance with licensing requirements caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients.

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital was fined $100,000 for "failure to ensure the health and safety of a patient" who died during a suicide attempt that involved a fall in 2015 under the hospital's care. This is the hospital’s third Immediate Jeopardy administrative penalty.

The detailed report of the investigation said the 93-year-old patient was documented as "high risk" for suicidal attempts, but the staff failed to "provide a safe environment and proper care to prevent [the patient] from carrying out his suicide plan."

According to the report, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital has since provided measures to prevent any similar incidents from taking place which include: providing tamper-resistant and non-ligature fixtures, doors that permit staff to watch the patient without being too intrusive, walls, ceiling and floor of patient rooms designed to withstand direct and forceful impact, including updated staff protocols and training.

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital provided a short statement to KEYT News stating, "Patient privacy standards prevent us from responding publicly to the specific information in this release."

When hospitals receive the survey findings from the Department of Health, they are required to provide a plan of correction to prevent future incidents. Hospitals can also appeal an administrative penalty by requesting a hearing. All hospitals in California are required to be in compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations governing general acute care hospitals, acute psychiatric hospitals, and special hospitals.

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a-1521906920 Jan 03, 2018 12:02 AM
Cottage Hospital Penalized After Patient Commits Suicide

Ninety-THREE years old, according to the article. I support his wishes; seems by that time he knew what he wanted. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- If you want to get angry, be so about this: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "The Trump administration — reversing guidelines put in place under President Barack Obama — is scaling back the use of fines against nursing homes that harm residents or place them in grave risk of injury." ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

a-1521906920 Jan 02, 2018 12:21 PM
Cottage Hospital Penalized After Patient Commits Suicide

As a retired nurse who worked in the inpatient mental health field for 24 years, my sympathy to everyone who was touched by the tragic suicide. It is a continual challenge to balance providing a therapeutic and healing milieu while complying with safety regulations (Policy and Procedure Manuals for inpatient psychiatric facilities are voluminous) and Patients' Rights (especially to privacy, safety, respectful and dignified treatment). It is not possible to prevent all suicides. Of course society must try to prevent all impulsive suicides, especially in healthcare settings, and it appears that measures have been taken to prevent a similar occurrence.

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