Hospital loses accreditation over karaoke

MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. (AP) — An unsecured karaoke machine caused Eastern State Hospital to lose 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.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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