Follow us:

The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

January 14, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Hospital loses accreditation over unsecured karaoke machine

The Associated Press

MEDICAL LAKE, Spokane County — An unsecured karaoke machine is one reason Eastern State Hospital lost its accreditation last month.

That’s according to a new report released by the Washington Department of Social and Health Services after a public records request by The Spokesman-Review.

The suspension of the Medical Lake psychiatric hospital’s accreditation came a month after one patient strangled another patient in November.

The new report cites the karaoke machine’s unsecured cords, as well as other cords and patients’ belts, as hazardous to patient safety because they could be used for strangulation.

DSHS spokesman John Wiley says the potential hazards were addressed within 72 hours of the hospital receiving the report. He says the hospital has appealed the Dec. 21 ruling and expects to be reaccredited.

Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: accreditation, Eastern State Hospital, karaoke machine

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►