Federal Citation Against King-Harbor Hospital Resolved
A federal citation for poor patient care against Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital in Los Angeles was resolved on Friday after the hospital submitted a correction plan to federal auditors, the Los Angeles Times reports (Rosenblatt, Los Angeles Times, 7/28).
The citation came after a psychiatric patient cut herself with a scalpel in an emergency department bathroom (California Healthline, 7/27).
A nurse was fired for her alleged role in the situation, and a supervisory nurse was placed on leave (Los Angeles Times, 7/28).
CMS officials were visiting the hospital last week to determine whether it meets minimum patient care standards. The hospital since 2004 has failed to meet such standards (California Healthline, 7/27).
Thirteen CMS investigators participated in the audit; findings are expected to be released before Aug. 15 (Los Angeles Times, 7/28).