published Friday, October 25th, 2013

Memphis VA hospital responds to report on deaths of three patients

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center says it has addressed recommendations made by inspectors who investigated the deaths of three patients who died in the facility's emergency department.

The medical center issued a statement Thursday in response to a report from the Veterans Health Administration a day earlier recommending that the hospital strengthen root cause action plans, improve monitoring of emergency department patients and complete competency assessments for emergency department nursing staff.

In addition to addressing the recommendations, the medical center says it has corrected issues identified by the action plan and that the physician involved in the care of two of the patients in the report is no longer working there.

The investigation showed that the facility had completed protected peer reviews of the care for all three patients.

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