Thursday, December 4, 2008

Forgotten patient dies in Stockholm emergency room

A patient admitted to the emergency room of a Stockholm hospital later died after being forgotten by hospital staff for more than an hour. The incident, which occurred at Stockholm South General Hospital (Södersjukhuset), has been reported to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen), the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper reports.

Staff first performed an initial diagnosis on the patient, who suffered from multiple illnesses including early stage dementia and came to the hospital one afternoon complaining of abdominal pains.The patient was then led to an examining room for additional evaluation to be carried out within the next thirty minutes.An hour later, the patient was found unconscious, splayed out on the bed, and covered in vomit.

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