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BARTOW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER 2200 OSPREY BLVD BARTOW, FL 33831 May 30, 2013
VIOLATION: PATIENT RIGHTS: RESTRAINT OR SECLUSION Tag No: A0168
Based on policy review, record review and staff interview it was determined the facility failed to follow facility policy regarding physician orders for use of physical restraints for 2 (#7, #11) of 4 patients whose records were reviewed for use of restraints form the 13 patient sample.

Findings include:

The facility's policy"Restraints", no number, revised 5/12, requires that a physician order is obtained for the initiation of restraint and that the physician will assess the need for continued restraint every 24 hours and write a new order.

1. Patient #7's physician orders revealed the initial order for restraints was written on 5/23/13. The physician evaluated the patient on 5/24/13 and wrote a new order. On 5/25/13, a verbal order for the restraint was written as a verbal order by a nurse. The order was not authenticated by the physician ordering the restraint. Orders were written and signed by the physician on 5/26. 5/27 and 5/28/13. On 5/29/13 the nurse documented a verbal order for the restraint. There was no authentication of the order by the physician.

2. Patient #11's physician orders revealed the initial order for restraint was written on 5/9/13 as a verbal order from the physician. The order had not been authenticated by the physician as of 5/30/13.

The Risk Manger confirmed the policy was not followed during interview on 5/30/13 at the time of the record reviews.
VIOLATION: PATIENT RIGHTS: NOTICE OF GRIEVANCE DECISION Tag No: A0123
Based on grievance review, policy review and staff interview it was determined the staff failed to respond to patient grievances in the timeframe defined by facility policy for two (#1, #13) of two patients submitting grievances from the 13 patient sample.

Findings include:

The facility's policy "Patient Grievance Policy", no number, revised 12/11 requires that written response notifying the complainant of the results of the investigation of the grievance be sent within 7 days.

1. Review of the follow up to a grievance from patient #1 submitted on 3/6/13 revealed the complaints were investigated by the Risk Manager. There was no evidence of written notification of the results of the investigation being sent to the patient as of 5/30/13.

2. Review of the follow up to a grievance from a family member of patient #13 revealed the complaint had been received on 3/14/13. The complaint was investigated by the Risk Manager. The written response with findings of the investigation was not sent until 5/8/13.

The Risk Manger was interviewed on 5/29/13 at approximately 4:20 p.m. and confirmed she had not complied with the policy