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Jun 7, 2013 8:59 AM

Hospital Death Blamed On Restraints, Poor Care

AUSTIN - A federal report blames a woman's death last year in a northeast Texas state mental hospital on unnecessary restraints and poor medical care.

The U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that Ann Simmons died in Terrell State Hospital in February 2012 of a pulmonary embolism. The 62-year-old Pittsburg woman developed the embolism after she was held in restraints for 55 hours.

The report obtained by the Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/14khfhR) concluded that was excessive and that she didn't receive proper nursing care.

The Texas Department of state Health Services says corrective action has been taken, but it may close the hospital's medical unit. Medicare investigators will investigate the hospital's overall operations and could revoke its certification. That would disqualify the hospital for federal money.

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