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NC hospital faces immediate jeopardy after security incident

Hospital Safety Insider, November 10, 2011

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Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, NC, might not receive Medicare funding after a security incident involving a patient death occurred at the hospital.

The issue came to light after the mother of the 28-year old patient filed a lawsuit. The schizophrenic patient was brought to the emergency department and allegedly became aggressive, leading one security guard to put him in a choke hold with the help of three other guards. Hospital staff were allegedly slow to respond when the patient became unresponsive in the hold. The patient died.

Department of Health and Human Services sent a letter dated Oct. 25 saying that the contracted security guards were not properly trained on de-escalation or holding techniques. The hospital was placed on immediate jeopardy status by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services after the incident. If the deficiencies are not resolved by November 13, the hospital could lose Medicare reimbursement. Forty-seven percent of the health system's patients are insured by Medicare.

Source: FayObserver.com



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