|Facility: COLORADO MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE AT PUEBLO-PSYCH
Date of Occurrence: 6/27/2017
Report Timely: Yes
Type of Occurrence: Abuse/Verbal
DESCRIPTION OF OCCURRENCE:
On 06/27/17 a female patient, in her 30s, reported staff members (1) and (2) were talking about her. She said she was afraid of staff member (1).
The facility conducted an internal investigation and notified the police. Staff member (1) was placed on administrative leave. The patient said she had been lying in bed, pretending to be asleep. The patient reported that staff members (1) and (2) were talking about her when they were assigned to monitor her. She said staff member (1) said she (patient) was a failure and all she did was sleep. The patient said staff member (1) then began talking about the lead nurse, calling her derogatory names and saying he (staff member #1) "should take her out". The patient said she was fearful of staff member (1) because of possible retaliation for reporting the incident. Staff member (1) was interviewed and denied the allegation. He said he was aware the patient would pretend to be asleep and would listen to staff conversations. He said he was very cautious about what he said when he was around the patient. He also denied making any derogatory remarks about the nurse. Staff member (2) was interviewed and said her conversations with staff member (1) were about pets and families, not about the patient. She also denied staff member (1) made derogatory remarks about the lead nurse. The facility did not substantiate the allegation of verbal abuse.
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: 7/13/2017
FACILITY COMMENT: Following receipt of the above summary, no additional comments were submitted by the facility.
Released to Public: 7/27/2017