Thursday, January 18, 2018
News Roundup

Moratorium remains in place at Town and Country Hospital's surgical unit

TAMPA — State health care regulators on Friday re-inspected Town & Country Hospital, which is barred from admitting new patients to its surgical wards after nurse staffing levels were found insufficient.

The Agency for Health Care Administration, which imposed the order Oct. 31, will likely make a decision on lifting it in the next couple of weeks based on its findings, said agency spokeswoman Shelisha Coleman.

State officials issued the moratorium on new patient admissions after an investigation last month found that Town & Country failed to staff the surgical unit with enough registered nurses and left too many duties to licensed practical nurses, who lack the training and skills of registered nurses.

Three patients died in the surgical unit last month.

The state didn't say the deaths could have been prevented had there been more nurses on duty, but the report did note issues with their care.

The moratorium does not affect other areas of the hospital, including the emergency room, behavioral health unit and intensive care unit.

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