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Hospital cited for under-staffing


EDGERTON, Wisc (WSAU)   The Edgerton hospital has been given 22 state-and-federal citations. Officials cited a lack of proper staffing, as two emergency room patients were left alone while nurses responded to a pair of cardiac arrests. One of the heart patients died. The other was a nurse who had a cardiac problem, and officials are not saying what happened to that person.

The Wisconsin State Journal said an anonymous complaint prompted a state investigation of the incident, which occurred on the morning of August 9th. The paper said five of the federal citations accused the hospital of its most serious violation, causing “immediate jeopardy.” A report finalized in October said there was no record of the hospital calling in extra staff members. But Edgerton Hospital vice president Caryn Oleston told the State Journal that calls were made – several people did come in – and an off-duty worker stayed in the emergency room to tend to a relative, so the patients were not really left alone.

Still, Oleston said the hospital has boosted its staffing, trained more people in C-P-R, and expanded its on-call system when help is needed.