oa Professional Nursing Today - Patient death : accidental death or suicide? : quality of assurance

Volume 12, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1607-6672



Mr Brown, a 76 year old man, was admitted to a medical ward in a district hospital with diarrhoea. He was discharged from the ward after three days but his next of kin could not be traced. He was therefore moved to a step down facility while the social worker tried to find his relatives or make alternative arrangements for him. The fourth day he was in the step down facility; he climbed out of a window and fell to his death.

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