February 7, 2012

A Dallas hospital under heavy scrutiny over patient safety is refusing to release a report on changes that will be made to improve patient care at the facility. According to reports from the Dallas Morning News, Parkland Memorial Hospital executives said this morning that they will not release the report because of concerns over litigation and other legal ramifications.

Last month, the hospital was forced to undergo an overhaul in their patient safety policies and procedures after the US Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services threatened to cut funding due to dozens of cases being discovered where patients were being put in “immediate jeopardy” by hospital staff and doctors.

Parkland Hospital’s chairwoman, Dr. Lauren McDonald, said that she fears the policy changes could be used against them in several pending medical malpractice cases against the hospital.

The one particular lawsuit silently being singled out involved a psychiatric patient who died in the facility last year after being pinned down and injected with a cocktail of sedatives and anti-psychotics. Federal reports found that the man’s rights and hospital standards and policies of care were repeatedly violated.

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