Clinicians delayed CPR on patient who died at New Jersey hospital, CMS finds

A CMS investigation revealed clinicians at Winslow Township, N.J.-based Ancora Psychiatric Hospital failed to start CPR for eight minutes on an unconscious patient who ultimately died, according to the Courier Post.

The New Jersey Department of Health investigated the March 18 incident on behalf of CMS and found employees failed to check the patient's pulse and breathing, immediately start CPR and follow proper care protocols, among other issues. CMS placed the hospital on "immediate jeopardy" after the investigation.

Deborah Hartel, deputy commissioner of the state health department, which oversees the hospital, said all staff members involved in the incident "are being held accountable" through unspecified disciplinary actions.

"Our priority is quality care and ensuring the safety of patients," she said in an emailed statement to the Courier Post. "We have trained and retrained staff throughout the hospital system. When we find licensed professionals do not provide appropriate care, we take action up to and including removal."

To view the Courier Post's full report, click here.

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