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WALTER P REUTHER PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL 30901 PALMER RD WESTLAND, MI 48185 Dec. 10, 2012
VIOLATION: PATIENT RIGHTS: CARE IN SAFE SETTING Tag No: A0144
Based on interview, medical record review, review of patient complaints and interventions, the facility failed to ensure that the patient received care in a safe environment for 1 of 1 patients (#2) who filed a grievance alleging staff bullying and disrespect . Findings include:

On 12/10/12 at approximately 2:30 pm during a review of patient complaints and interventions, it was noted that patient #2 had written a recipient rights complaint that was filed with the office of recipient rights on 10/25/11. Complaints # 1- 913 & 1- 932 state that patient #2 alleges that in September 2011 staff #10 "bullied him and made fun of him because he repeatedly brushed his teeth."

The investigation report indicates Staff #8 (rights officer) conducted an interview with patient #2 on 10/25/11 in which patient #2 repeats his allegation that he was bullied by staff #10 by him making fun of patient #2 for brushing his teeth often. Staff #8 then interviewed staff #10 (resident care assistant) on 12/14/11, almost 2 months after the complaint allegation was received by the office of recipient rights. The investigation report documents that staff #10 denied bullying or making any comments regarding patient #2's hygiene or how often he brushed his teeth.

Staff #8 then included in her investigation 11 questionnaires sent to staff #10 and ten other staff members regarding the allegations made by patient #2. The accused staff (staff #10) filled out a questionnaire in which he wrote "N/A" in response to a question asking him to describe any comments that he may have made to patient #2 regarding his hygiene. Staff #10 also crossed out the question, "In your opinion, have you treated recipient (patient #2) with dignity and respect?"

During an interview on 12/12/12 at approximately 10:30 am, Staff #8 was queried as to why Staff #10 was able to answer "N/A" on the questionnaire and to cross out a question without any further follow up questions. Staff #8 replied that she had crossed out the above mentioned question because she did not want Staff #10's "opinion" but rather the facts. Staff #8 stated she interviewed Staff #10 on 12/14/11 to supplement the questionnaire. The investigation file failed to include for review any documentation of the interview on 12/14/11.

Other staff questionnaires raise concerns as well. The summary report of the complaint states, the "questionnaire from (Staff #14)...did not witness RCA (Staff #10) make fun of or bully recipient (patient #2)." When in fact the questionnaire filled out by Staff #14 for the question, "In your opinion, has RCA (Staff #10) treated recipient (patient #2) with dignity and respect" is answered with "unable to determine on restrictions at time." Two additional staff questionnaires ask the same question, "In your opinion, has RCA (Staff #10) treated recipient (patient #2) with dignity and respect "and both Staff #11 and Staff #12 responded "No" to this question. Which indicates in their opinion that Staff #10 has not treated patient #2 with dignity and respect."

During an interview on 12/12/12 at approximately 10:30 am, Staff #8 was queried as to any further follow up questions for the 2 staff members that indicate that patient #2 was not treated with dignity and respect by Staff #10. Staff #8 stated that they (Staff #11 & 12) probably misread the question or didn't understand the question.

The facility failed to ensure the patient receives care in a safe environment which includes an emotionally safe environment consisting of respect and dignity.
VIOLATION: ADMINISTRATION OF DRUGS Tag No: A0405
Based on interview, medical record review, review of patient complaints and interventions, the facility failed to ensure that PRN (as needed) medications were administered as ordered for 1 of 3 patients (#2) reviewed with PRN pain or respiratory medications resulting in the potential for increased pain and respiratory distress. Findings include:

On 12/10/12 at approximately 2:00 pm during medical record review (patient #2), it was documented in the progress notes on 11/14/11 at 4:45 am "Pt (patient) complained about lower back pain..." A review of the patient's pain assessment flow sheet for scheduled & PRN pain medication indicates there was no documented pain assessments on 11/14/11. A review of the medication administration record indicates that on 11/11/11 the physician ordered ultram 50 mg by mouth every 4 hours PRN pain for one week. The medication administration record further indicates that no pain medication was administered on 11/14/11 as ordered by the physician for patient #2 who had complained of lower back pain.

On 12/10/12 at approximately 2:30 pm during a review of patient complaints and interventions, it was noted that patient #2 had filed a recipient rights complaint that was stamped "Received 11/14/11". Within the complaint patient #2 stated, "Thy [sic] are refusing my pain killer..." An intervention response dated 1/17/12 and signed by recipient rights officer staff #9 for allegation #1- 057 states, "The following action has been taken: ORR has reviewed your complaint and found insufficient evidence to substantiate a rights violation." There is no indication in the complaints file as to what evidence Staff #9 reviewed in order to conclude that patient #2's rights had not been violated.

During further review of the medical record for patient #2, it was documented in the progress notes on 10/12/11 at 11:55 am, " Pt complained of having difficulty breathing. No dyspnea observed...Dr. (named) notified. Per MD: pt has albuterol inhaler and to give him his inhaler, then he will see pt. Will continue to monitor. No distress noted." A review of the medication administration record indicates that on 8/16/11 at 2:00 pm the physician had ordered albuterol sulfate HFA 90 mcg 2 puff inhalation every 4 hours as needed for wheezing and shortness of breathe. The medication administration record further indicates that no albuterol inhaler was administered on 10/12/11 as ordered by the physician for patient #2 who had complained of having difficulty breathing.

During an interview on 12/10/12 at approximately 2:45 pm, staff #9 was queried regarding the patient complaint (#1- 57) that he did not receive his pain medication. Staff #9 stated, that he went up and "talked with the patient" and that patient #2 didn't remember writing the complaint and couldn't give any specifics regarding the incident.

The facility failed to ensure that PRN medications were administered as ordered.