VA Hospital testing new panic alarm system

New report shows VA Hospital does not currently have a panic alarm system

POSTED: 10:09 PM CST Jan 29, 2014 
COLUMBIA, Mo. -

New details tonight about a veteran affairs' inspector general's report assessing Columbia's  VA hospital.

A report released late this afternoon  finds the locked mental health unit's nursing station did not have a panic alarm system that "ensures emergent response by staff and VA police." Remember the hospital has been under scrutiny since a patient there, Rudy Perez, beat to death another patient a year ago.

We reached out to the hospital tonight and they tell us since November they've been testing  what they call a  nurse locator system that will be used as their panic alarm system. It notifies  nursing station staff and a phone operator about a problem. They hope to have it completed by Friday. The VA supports the change.