A state inspection prompted by allegations that University of Louisville Hospital staffing cuts have made the facility unsafe has found deficiencies in nursing services.
The Courier-Journal says the Cabinet for Health and Family Services office of inspector general report released Monday concluded that the hospital's nurses are overloaded with patients and that patients who should be treated in intensive care are backed up in the emergency department.
Hospital staff told state inspectors that nursing and staff shortages put patients at risk.
Vice chair of surgery and American College of Surgeons President Dr. J. David Richardson said last month the hospital faced a "major patient safety issue."
Spokeswoman Lisa Shannon of KentuckyOne Health, which manages the hospital, says the hospital is safe and improvements have been made.