Florida Hospital Where Woman Died After Being Discharged Against Her Will Fined $45,000
February 24, 2016 | Risk Management News
The Florida Hospital where a woman died in December after being discharged against her will was fined $45,000 by Florida's health care agency, according to a February 17 article in the New York Times. The 57-year-old woman refused to leave the emergency department (ED) after she was treated on December 21, 2015, because she did not think she was well. She was handcuffed and escorted out by a police officer before collapsing when he attempted to put her in a patrol car. She died 90 minutes later of a blood clot in her lung. According to the Times, Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration cited the 25-bed facility for 10 deficiencies, which the agency's secretary called "egregious." As a result, four counts were brought against the facility.