Carlisle Regional Medical Center was fined $12,000 by the Pennsylvania Department of Health stemming from a patient's death due to a head injury on Feb. 20, which is the highest possible fine that can be levied. The department claimed that the hospital erred in leaving the patient alone and for failing to document the incident. State law requires that hospitals send a report to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority when a patient unexpectedly suffers a serious injury or dies.
The patient in question was undergoing a radiology procedure and was being given pain medication through an IV. After the procedure was completed, the nurse attending to the patient stepped away and the patient fell off of a table. To ensure that such an accident does not happen again, the hospital is required to use safety belts on patients in a manner that does not interfere with such a procedure.