Report shows several deaths at Central Virginia Training Center related to UTIs

Published: May. 22, 2017 at 4:33 PM EDT
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A new report by the disAbility Law Center of Virginia shows several patients at the Central Virginia Training Center have died of complications due to Urinary Tract Infections.

In the report, the dLCV says "between March 2015 and May 2016, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reported six deaths attributable to UTIs at CVTC."

That made up about 2 percent of the training center's population over 14 months.

dLCV says it notified the Central Virginia Training Center about its concerns with the high number of deaths. Especially since urinary tract infections in particular are preventable and treatable.

According to the dLCV, the Central Virginia Training Center failed to respond to advisories that the group says might have prevented the deaths.

The dLCV has continued to monitor incident reports, corrective actions and sanitation conditions at the Central Virginia Training Center.

The agency says the Central Virginia Training Center has taken some preventive steps after receiving some of the investigation's findings. And the dLCV says it appears that infection-related deaths at the Central Virginia Training Center may be reversing.

In a statement submitted to WDBJ7, Interim Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) Dr. Jack Barber said that DBHDS and CVTC took steps to address UTIs before dCLV notified us of this matter in September 2016

“Before the disAbility Law Center of Virginia (dLCV) brought this issue to our attention, DBHDS was already taking steps to mitigate the effects of infections, specifically urinary tract infections (UTIs) at CVTC," Barber said.

"After working with dLCV on this matter, CVTC took a number of steps to reduce and prevent the number of UTIs. CVTC staff has been trained on hydration and UTI symptoms," explained Barber. "Another step includes the UTI Care Plan, which provides instructions on care for each identified diagnosis of UTI. DBHDS thanks dLCV for tracking this vital issue and highlighting DBHDS’s efforts to address this challenge.”

You can read the full report by the dLCV