Dangerously High Water Temperatures Found in Patient Bathrooms

The Kentucky Division of Health Care found that The Brook Hospital failed to meet the minimum requirements for psychiatric hospitals when it failed to ensure safe water temperatures were maintained in patient bathrooms. Surveyors conducted random water tests in patient bathrooms and found temperatures greater than the maximum allowable 110 degrees Fahrenheit, with water in one resident’s sink and shower registering 130 degrees F. In an interview with regulators, the facility’s Director of Plant Operations “confirmed high temperatures could cause injury to the patient and there was no system in place to ensure safe temperatures were maintained. The Compliance Officer stated the facility “needed to put emergency actions in place when high water temperatures were identified.” In order to address its deficiencies, the facility submitted a plan of correction to the Kentucky Division of Health Care.