Feds find patient safety issues at Dallas hospital

November 23, 2011 4:39:16 AM PST
Federal regulators have cited a troubled Dallas hospital for an October incident in which they say staff failed to properly monitor and secure a suicidal patient.

The Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday that on Oct. 8 a suicidal woman in the psychiatric emergency room in the Parkland Memorial Hospital pulled a lighter out of her pajamas and set her T-shirt on fire. No one was hurt.

Parkland officials say they terminated two employees after an investigation. The Dallas Morning News had reported both had previously been involved in violent encounters with ER patients.

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services previously told Parkland it no longer qualifies for government funding because of problems that put patients in "immediate jeopardy" but allowed the hospital to remain open under federal oversight.