Patient's attempted suicide reveals safety gaps at Iowa mental hospital facing closure

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

February 25, 2015

A mental hospital under fire from Iowa’s governor has fired three workers and made patient safety changes after a patient’s attempted suicide in October 2014, according to a report from The Daily Reporter of Greenfield, Indiana.


The report said that three workers at the Mental Health Institute in Mount Pleasant, Iowa walked past a psychiatric patient who tied a bed sheet around his neck to a bathroom doorknob on October 19, 2014.

According to sources in the report, administrators at the hospital said all three should have stopped immediately to help the patient, who had a history of assaulting employees. The workers contend, however, that the patient, who survived the suicide attempt, was not in immediate danger and that they were not given training in responding to suicide attempts.