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Security increased at hospital after patient assaulted

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A spokesman for University Hospital in
Louisville says the hospital has stepped up its security after one
patient sexually assaulted another and Medicare threatened to cut
off hospital funding.
The Courier-Journal reported the incident occurred March 10 to a
woman who was brought to the emergency room complaining of stomach
pain. A state report says she told hospital staff she drank 30
beers that day.
The newspaper reported that several hours after the woman was
admitted, another patient - who had also consumed a large amount of
alcohol - was found in her room molesting her.
A report by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Human Services
found the hospital failed to follow procedure for admitting a
patient against his or her will, which includes an electronic
bracelet and security checks every 15 minutes.
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Information from: The Courier-Journal,
http://www.courier-journal.com

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