Hopsital Negligence: patient missing for 17 days found dead in hospital stairwell after orderly stepped over her body a week earlier
A worker at San Francisco General Hospital reported to a nurse that he had to step over the passed out body of a woman while going up and down a fire escape stairwell. The nurse contacted the Sheriff’s Department who is in charge of the security at the hospital but for some unclear reason no deputy was dispatched to check the location.
A week later, the dead body was found by another employee who had to access the locked stairwell. It was the body of Lynne Spalding, 57, who disappeared from her room on the hospital’s fifth floor Sept. 21, two days after she was admitted for treatment of an infection. Her body was found Oct. 8 on the fourth-floor landing of the locked stairwell.