Report: Nurses didn't heed orders to watch patient

February 2, 2014 12:59:53 PM PST
Investigators say nurses at San Francisco General Hospital and a sheriff's deputy share the blame in the death of a woman found in the hospital's stairwell last fall.

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.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, federal investigators say nurses failed to act on the doctor's orders. She vanished from her room on Sept. 21.

They also concluded that a sheriff's deputy was told to search the hospital stairwells for Spalding, but he understood it as something he could do if he had free time.

Spalding's body was found 17 days later during a routine check.

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