Report: nurses didn't heed orders to watch patient later found dead

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
A doctor had instructed staff at San Francisco General Hospital in writing never to leave Lynne Spalding unattended.

Lynne Spalding, 57, of San Francisco, was reported missing after she disappeared from her room at San Francisco General Hospital. (FIND LYNNE/Facebook)

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San Francisco (AP) -- A newspaper is reporting that nurses at a San Francisco hospital didn't heed a doctor's orders to maintain a constant watch on a patient who ended up leaving her room and was found dead in a stairwell 17 days later.

Citing the results of a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services investigation, the San Francisco Chronicle a doctor had instructed staff at San Francisco General Hospital in writing never to leave Lynne Spalding unattended.

Spalding was admitted on Sept. 19 for a bladder infection and disorientation. A day later, after the 57-year-old woman had wandered into a nursing station, a doctor reminded a nurse that the patient needed around-the-clock observation.

The report contradicts the account hospital officials gave after Spalding's body was discovered. They said nurses were instructed to check on Spalding every 15 minutes.


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