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Allegedly Aggressive Security Contributed to Death of Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Patient

Allegedly overaggressive hospital security at North Carolina's Cape Fear Valley Medical Center resulted in a patient dying, according to the Fayetteville Observer.

In April 2011, AlliedBarton security guards at the NC hospital placed a schizophrenic patient in a choke hold after he was taken by ambulance to the emergency room with signs of paranoia. Then, hospital workers did not resuscitate the patient quick enough

The mother of the deceased patient filed a lawsuit in September 2011. According to the lawsuit, the patient was unruly because he had not taken his medication.

The newspaper further reported that a letter dated October 25, 2011 from the state Department of Health and Human Services to Cape Fear Valley Health System Chief Executive Officer stated the security guards contracted by the hospital "were not trained in therapeutic physical holds" or proper methods to calm the patient.  State inspectors stated the hospital did not have "adequate nursing supervision during the restraint to ensure the patient's safety," which "resulted in harm to the patient."

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