Minnesota hospital has seven security breaches in eight months

June 22, 2017

The University of Minnesota’s Fairview–Riverside Medical Center allowed at least seven major security breaches in the last eight months, including a patient who escaped, according to an article on the Minnesota Daily website.

All cases involved mental health patients, including one that led to an investigation by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. If further violations are found and aren’t fixed, Fairview can lose federal healthcare funding.

Incidents include the sexual assault of a 15-year-old patient in the facility's emergency department by another patient who was able to enter her room twice within an hour.

Another patient allegedly escaped by forcing through a magnetic door. Three other patients were able to escape in the same way four days later, despite attempts to fix the door. 

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