Pennsylvania Health Department cites hospital for patient rights violation

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health cited Connellsville, Pa.-based Highlands Hospital for violating a patient's rights by failing to ensure the patient received respectful care.

The finding came from an unannounced survey the department completed Oct. 2, 2018.

During an interview with the health department in September 2018, a hospital employee said a nurse manager showed other employees a picture on her cellphone of a patient in the seclusion room. The picture showed the patient's buttocks.

The employee called a manager the next day to report the incident. It is unclear whether the nurse manager mentioned in the interview still works for the hospital.

As part of its plan of correction to the health department, the hospital educated all employees on the Patient Bill of Rights.

It also added a question to its patient safety rounds form asking if any employees knew of any cases where staff had not complied with patient rights. The new question was added the form before patient safety rounds conducted in November 2018.

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