oa Professional Nursing Today - Improving the quality of care - learning through case studies
Death in line of care

Volume 12, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1607-6672



Mr Coetzee, a 77-year-old patient, with a history of chronic heart failure developed acute diarrhoea and consequent dehydration. He was treated in one hospital and discharged himself due to social problems. His condition deteriorated at home and his daughter brought him to the emergency section of another hospital during the night. He was assessed, and an IV infusion was commenced. While awaiting admission, he died, sitting in a wheelchair in the emergency department. His children were very upset and believed the hospital was responsible for the death of their father.

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