|Facility: COLORADO MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE AT PUEBLO-PSYCH
Date of Occurrence: 5/2/2017
Report Timely: Yes
Type of Occurrence: Abuse/Physical
DESCRIPTION OF OCCURRENCE:
On 05/02/17 male patient (A), in his 30s, and male patient (B), in his 20s, were involved in a physical altercation. Male patient (C), in his 20s, then attempted to strike patient (A), but missed.
The facility conducted an internal investigation and notified the police. Patient (A) was identified as aggressive and assaultive requiring restraint while in jail prior to transferring to the facility. He continued to be aggressive and impulsive since his admission to the facility. Patient (B) was identified as physically and verbally assaultive while in jail, which continued after transfer to the facility. On 05/02/17, patient (A) approached patient (B) and stated, “You want to put hands on people? Try me.” Both patients took a fighting stance and patient (A) struck patient (B) two times. Both patients struggled and went to the floor. Staff intervened and separated the patients. Patient (C) then attempted to strike patient (A) but failed to make contact. Patient (A) was escorted to locked door seclusion. He sustained no injuries. Patient (B) sustained superficial abrasions on his nose, face, head, and neck and complained of pain. Neurological checks were initiated. Patient (B) declined treatment for his wounds or pain medication. Patient (B) denied fearing patient (A). Patient (A)'s assault precautions were renewed and patients (A) and (B) were placed on a peer restriction and wing observation. Patient (B) was transferred to a high security level unit the following day. Patient (C) stated he was attempting to help staff and was counseled regarding his behavior.
In accordance with Colorado Revised Statute 25-1-124, the Department conducted an off-site investigation of this reportable event and investigative findings submitted by the agency/facility. This public summary is based on information provided by the agency/facility to the Occurrence Section of the Department and is accurate and complete at this time. Prior to the next onsite investigation of the agency/facility, this occurrence will be reviewed.
The agency/facility has fulfilled their reporting obligations and no deficiencies were cited.
Sent to Facility: 6/8/2017
FACILITY COMMENT: Following receipt of the above summary, no additional comments were submitted by the facility.
Released to Public: 6/19/2017