Patient’s shower fall led to death

Source: The Shields Gazette

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Date of publication: July 2010

Publication type: News story

In a nutshell: South Tyneside District Hospital’s falls procedures were described as ‘flawed’ following the death of a cancer patient who sustained a serious head injury after falling in the shower.  The 85 year old patient was considered at low risk of falling, and was left unsupervised whilst showering for 15 – 25 minutes during which time she fell. The cause of death was attributed to bronchial pneumonia and a brain haemorrhage due to falling.

Length of publication: 1 web page

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