Durham (N.C.) Regional Hospital is improving monitoring of patients and making other corrective changes because a patient jumped out of his hospital room window Aug. 11 after breaking it with a bedside table. The patient landed on the second-floor roof, and according to the Associated Press, is alive and receiving treatment. Hospital officials declined to provide information on the patient, citing confidentiality issues. A survey team from the state Division of Facility Services is expected to visit the hospital before Sept. 5 to make sure changes ordered by the CMS have been made, said David McQuaid, the hospital's chief executive officer. Durham Regional is revising its monitoring policy to ensure that patients who require close supervision are watched at all times, including while they wait for a certified nursing assistant. The hospital submitted its corrective action plan to the CMS Monday, McQuaid said. He said he is confident the CMS will find Durham Regional in compliance with Medicare's conditions of participation.
In a separate patient-safety incident, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, is conducting an internal review after a pregnant woman complaining of illness and bleeding was sent home by physicians and subsequently gave birth in her bathroom. The baby is reportedly healthy. According to a hospital statement, physicians determined the woman was not in labor when she visited the hospital Aug. 21 and 22 "and therefore (she) was sent home to await the onset of labor." A Brigham and Women's spokeswoman declined to say if the hospital had been contacted by the CMS or state regulators over the incident. -- by Jeff Tieman