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Minnesota hospital cited for neglecting two patients

Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 29, 2009

Minnesota regulators have cited Regions Hospital in St. Paul for neglect of care in the case of a patient who died last year after suffering brain damage. In a report, investigators from the Minnesota Department of Health said hospital staff members chose to silence the alarm on a device monitoring the patient's oxygen level "rather than make a proper assessment" of the patient's condition. Because Regions has taken corrective action, however, the state did not issue a licensing "deficiency," a penalty that, in rare cases, could lead to loss of eligibility for state and federal reimbursements.