Washington hospital works to improve safety after patient's death

August 6, 2019

Shodair Children's Hospital in Helena, Wash., is implementing safety improvements after one of its patients was struck and killed by a vehicle earlier this month, according to an article on the Independent Record website. 

The mental health hospital voluntarily ceased admissions for one week beginning July 15, when a 15-year-old patient from Missoula was fatally struck by a pickup truck on Interstate 15. 

The patient ran from the facility after tampering with a fire alarm, which caused the doors to unlock. 

The hospital decided to move the fire alarms to nurse’s stations after visiting with Helena’s fire marshal last week.

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