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Federal regulators issue safety notice at Western State Hospital

Martha Bellisle Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) – Federal regulators issued an “immediate jeopardy” notice at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital after a patient was given the wrong medication.

An immediate jeopardy is defined as a crisis situation in which the health and safety of people at the hospital are at risk. Inspectors with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued the notice Thursday. Western State Hospital’s CEO Ron Adler notified staff in an email.

The notice comes days before the hospital must show it’s in compliance with CMS safety requirements or lose millions in federal funds. That deadline is March 1.

Inspectors were at the facility to ensure changes were made after previous violations were found. They said the facility failed to protect patients from harm and didn’t follow hospital policy when giving medications. Adler said the person giving out the drugs didn’t use two patient identifiers. He says the hospital is updating its procedures.

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