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UVA Med Center Earns Clean Bill of Health After Documentation Issues

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A recent survey of the University of Virginia Health System found the UVA Medical Center isn't following some of its own policies.

Now, due to a lack of documentation, we'll never know if patients in physical restraints were affected by the negligence.

Representatives from the Virginia Department of Health surveyed the medical center after they received a complaint from the family of a patient. During the survey, the Virginia Department of Health also came across findings unrelated to the initial complaint.

The survey from January found the hospital did not follow its own restraint regulations.  Virginia Health System officials say employees were not documenting restraint information properly – for example, not documenting how often a staff member checks on a patient in restraints.

"We weren't documenting that we were checking. There are certain requirements in our policies that someone lay eyes on a patient in restraint every certain period of time depending on the restraints and depending upon the physician order," said Bo Cofield, associate vice president of hospital and clinic operations at UVA Medical Center.   

Restraining a patient can range from physically attaching a patient to the bed to simply putting mittens on their hands.

Wednesday, the Virginia Department of Health returned to UVA for another survey. This time, the hospital had proper documentation and earned a clean bill of health, according to a verbal report of the findings.

Cofield says UVA Medical Center will not receive the full report for several weeks.

He says at any given time, less than 3 percent of the hospital's patients are in restraint - totaling about 13 people.

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