Feds sign off on San Francisco hospital's reforms
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco hospital where a patient was found dead in a stairwell more than two weeks after she went missing from her room says federal regulators have approved its plans to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.
San Francisco General Hospital said Friday that inspectors from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services signed off this week on a series of corrective actions the hospital took after 57-year-old Lynne Spalding's death in the locked stairwell.
The reforms include equipping stairwell doors with alarms that can only be shut off with a key and arranging for sheriff's deputies who provide security at the hospital to search the stairwells every day.
San Francisco's sheriff has acknowledged that after Spalding was reported missing on Sept. 21, deputies never searched the stairwell where an engineer eventually found her body.