“No further information regarding this incident was documented,” inspectors noted. “No incident report was completed. No notification was provided to supervisors, physicians, or guardians. No investigation was completed regarding the bruise.”

An Oct. 23 report found that three months of staffing sheets from the summer of 2018 were incomplete, and that it was unclear which nurses and nursing personnel were assigned to each patient, or how many and which patients were on special precautions, such as those assigned one-to-one with staff.

“It could not be determined if the nursing care of each patient was assigned in accordance with the patient’s needs and the specialized qualifications and competence of the nursing staff available,” inspectors wrote.

Tuesday’s incident highlights challenges facing private psychiatric hospitals in Texas, said George Santos, a local psychiatrist who has run two Houston-area facilities.

“The state of inpatient psychiatry is dangerous,” he said. “It’s a mixture of lack of beds, lack of choice, and managed care pressures wanting the shortest stay possible, driving acuity so you only get care when you’re in the most critical state. … It’s a formula for bad things to happen.”