Target: President and CEO of Montefiore Medical Center Dr. Steven M. Safyer
Goal: Implement more thorough patrols of the hospital’s facilities on a daily basis and keep close track of all of patients and staff after man went missing for five days.
Anthony Iuso, a 44-year-old worker at the Montefiore Medical Center was missing for five days before he was found dead in a locked third-floor bathroom of the hospital. The last time he was seen he had reportedly excused himself to the restroom after he had to stop working in order to have an injured finger treated in the emergency room. When he was not heard from by family for several days afterwards, he was reported missing and stayed missing for days afterwards until the family insisted that Montefiore search its facilities.
Anthony had worked for the medical center for over two years before his death. He appeared to have died of natural causes, but an autopsy report is still pending. Nevertheless, it is tragic and horrible to think of how this type of negligence and lack of awareness could affect a patient who wanders off or is in sudden danger. This is no type of surveillance protocol for a medical facility to have for a building full of sick and possibly disoriented people. Insist that Montefiore Medical Center enforce thorough daily patrols of the hospital’s facilities and that they keep close track on the welfare of their patients and staff.
To Dr. Steven M. Safyer:
I would like to begin by apologizing for the tragic loss of a staff member of your medical center Mr. Anthony Iuso. Anthony was last seen in the hospital excusing himself to the bathroom after leaving work, requiring emergency room treatment for an injury to his finger. After his family did not hear from him for days after that, they reported Anthony missing and were still unable to find him until they insisted on a search of your facilities. Five days after his death, Iuso was found locked in a third-floor bathroom of the hospital.
This is a deeply saddening occurrence that no one could control, but it raises the possibility of another staff member or patient going missing in your facilities due to the lack of proper surveillance and care. It is common for patients to become disoriented and wander through hospitals, and they could have a life-threatening emergency without anyone knowing if they are in a room that is not commonly used. Please enforce a thorough daily patrol throughout your facilities and take care to better monitor the welfare of both your patients and staff members.
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