Patient Hanged Herself in Unsafe Room

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that Riveredge Hospital violated the Medicare condition of participation of patient rights and placed a patient in “immediate jeopardy” by failing to ensure that suicide hazards were removed from its patient units. A suicidal patient was placed in a room with an accessible ceiling vent cover, which she used to hang herself. These vent covers which posed ligature risks were present in other units, which posed potential risks to 40 patients in the facility. There is a lawsuit pending related to this case.