North Carolina Nurses at Goldsboro Mental Hospital Hugged and Danced While Patient Sat in Chair for Over 22 Hours Before Dying, Says Report

February 1, 2008, by Michael A. DeMayo

An investigative report found that the nurses at Cherry Hospital, a mental hospital in Goldsboro, North Carolina, failed to feed or help patient Steven H. Sabock, 50, while he sat in a chair for over 22 hours last April. He died the next day of a heart ailment.

Security footage of the hospital shows a nurse standing nearby and not doing anything to help Sabock, while he choked on his medicine. The footage also shows health care technicians playing cards, watching TV, and talking on the cell phone in the same room where Sabock was sitting. He reportedly sat in a chair located in the day room through four work shifts.

Throughout that time, no one gave Sabock food or helped him to the bathroom. Instructions by a doctor to give him fluids every two hours and monitor his vitals every six hours also appear to have been ignored.

Eventually, technicians stood Sabock up, pushed a chair under him, and took him to his bedroom. The footage shows emergency equipment being carted down the hall five minutes later.

Investigators say that Sabock did not eat anything on the day that he died and even though he was eating very little on the three days leading up to his death, a nutritional consult or physician exam did not take place.

Sabock’s father, Nicholas, says that during an attempted visit to see his son at Cherry Hospital, staffers turned him away. Sabock’s wife also says that the state of North Carolina sent her a letter reporting “major negligence” in the care the hospital provided to him.

Medical Malpractice
Patients are admitted to mental hospitals because they require specialized attention and care. When failure to provide that care results in injury or death, the hospital, doctors, nurses, or other staffers can be held liable for personal injury or wrongful death.

Our North Carolina medical malpractice lawyers represent clients whose loved ones were injured or killed because of the negligent actions of a doctor, a nurse, a hospital, or another medical provider.

In North Carolina, you have three years from the date of when the medical malpractice action caused injury or death, or one year from when the injury was (or should have been) found out to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Patient dies after waiting 22 hours at hospital, Chicago Sun-Times, August 20, 2008

Nurses ignored patient as he died,, August 20, 2008

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