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Inspectors Visited San Diego Hospice At Least 15 Times In Two Years

— Earlier this week the KPBS and inewsource Investigations Desk learned about concerns regarding patient care at San Diego Hospice. It was the first indication the troubled hospice had more than money problems.

Inewsource creates timeline of San Diego Hospice patient care inspections.

A further analysis of inspection records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act found San Diego Hospice was visited by government inspectors at least 15 times in 2011 and 2012.

During this two-year period, there were multiple medication overdoses, including one patient who received 20 times the prescribed dose of morphine. That patient died an hour later. Patient neglect also proved to be an issue, as another patient was found with pressure sores lying in a blood-stained bed. Twice investigators declared "Immediate Jeopardy" - a crisis situation in which "the health and safety of individual(s) are at risk," according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid state operations manual.

Ten of the 15 visits found "no deficiencies." Most of those visits were investigations into complaints and were not full surveys of the hospice.

San Diego Hospice Patient Care Reports

A timeline of government inspection reports regarding San Diego Hospice patient care.


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