From Death We Learn 2009. Death from Constipation Office of Safety and Quality in Healthcare Reference: Greeuw Inquest August 2009. The case. Background A woman in her 40’s was admitted as an involuntary patient to a regional hospital’s mental health unit
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Death from Constipation
Office of Safety and Quality in Healthcare
Reference: Greeuw Inquest
During the admission the patient’s constipation got worse.
On Day 11 of the admission the patient:
Intubation was attempted, respiratory support was given but, despite attempts at resuscitation, the patient died.
A coronial inquest revealed that the deceased:
The State Coroner recommended: