Workers at a state-run mental health hospital in Yankton violated patients' rights by misusing restraints to control potentially unruly subjects, a federal inspection concluded.
The CMS began an unannounced inspection of the facility in late February. The agency found that hospital employees excessively used restraints and failed to document the reasons, The Argus Leader newspaper reported. One patient was kept restrained for almost six days.
“These deficiencies resulted in safety risks, violations of the patients' right to be free from undue restraint and failure to ensure privacy for patients,” inspectors wrote in the report.
The misuse of restraints was among dozens of problems flagged in the report, which included details classified as “horrifying” by Phyllis Arends, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Sioux Falls.
The state has addressed the problems, according to Department of Social Services spokeswoman Tia Kafka.
“We submitted a plan of correction that was approved by CMS and have made the necessary changes,” she said.