More Patient Death Info Release Passes State Senate

The state Senate has unanimously agreed to require that more information be released about patient deaths at North Carolina's public mental hospitals.

Senators on Tuesday approved a bill designed to ensure details about those deaths are publicly available. The bill now goes to the House.

Gov. Beverly Perdue supports the change, saying it would increase transparency in the mental health system. Written reports about patient deaths are now heavily redacted.

The proposal would require the name, gender and birth date of the deceased to be released, when and where the death happened and the circumstances. The information also would apply to deaths within seven days of leaving the hospital.

The bill also applies to facilities for substance abusers and the developmentally disabled.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Amazed Location: Kinston on Apr 22, 2009 at 09:21 AM
    To Marie: I am not sure if you are just misinformed or just mean. But the main cause of death at Caswell Center would most likely be heart attack. Caswell Center is home to mostly elderly handicapped folks.They are dying to due to old age and heart failure would def go along with old age.Check facts before you spout off something that you know nothing about and try to malign a wonderful institution.
  • by marie Location: kinston on Apr 14, 2009 at 03:33 PM
    good. now maybe all the people at these facilities including caswell will not have the rule of death be heart attack. that is the only thing that is written on death reports, over and over again. i have seen it. maybe it will lead to better health care overall.

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