Review of SF General's safety protocol released

UCSF conducted an independent review of security at San Francisco General Hospital after Lynne Spalding's death.
March 28, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
An independent review of security at San Francisco General Hospital is out, almost six months after a patient was found dead in a stairwell there.

UCSF put together a 30-page review, as requested by Mayor Ed Lee. It was made clear that this review was not part of the formal investigation following the death of Lynne Spalding. Instead, Department of Public Health officials say it's more of an extra step that they're taking to continually improve security following that tragedy.

There were a number of recommendations made by UCSF Hospital for improvements at San Francisco General Hospital. Many of those recommendations are already in progress and in the process of being implemented. Some of those changes happened almost immediately after Spalding's death.

Those changes include: daily patrols by Sheriff's deputies of hospital emergency stairwells and a new six week training program for all deputies assigned to the hospital.

One recommendation made that has yet to be implemented is an improvement of the hospital's emergency calls on campus.

"There is a need to have a contracted 911 center that takes those calls. Today this does not happen and so we'll be working with the Sheriff's Department to help develop a relationship with an official 911 center," said Barbara Garcia from the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

The Sheriff's chief of staff was also at the press event and she said she welcomes the review. She said the Sheriff's Department is happy to see that there are recommendations made that they are already starting to implement.


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