Life safety volations, a patient death, inhumane patient restraints... and taxpayer money still flows
A May 3, 2016, Patriot Ledger article by reporter Chris Burrell describes events surrounding psychiatric facility Pembroke Hospital:
“State health inspectors made six surprise visits to the 120-bed psychiatric facility in Pembroke during a 5-week period in March and April and flagged violations related to understaffing, simultaneously restraining and isolating a patient and unclear criteria for evaluating a patient’s risk for aggressive behavior.”
The surprise visits occurred, perhaps, once a week? State Health inspectors knew about these violations for months on end, yet allowed this facility to remain open, and accept and treat patients?
The state uncovered “urgent patient care and life safety violations,” Chris Burrell writes of the Arbour-owned Pembroke Hospital along with four other Arbour-owned facilities: Quincy (18 beds), Westwood (136 beds) and Jamaica Plain (136 beds).
I wonder what is meant by “life safety violations” - is it about the patients, the staff, or both?
State inspectors also cited the hospital for violating regulations on restraining patients: “The physician ordered mechanical restraint and locked door seclusion to be done simultaneously,” adding that both methods cannot be combined.