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Two deaths and two resident disappearances from aged care facilities have been brought to the attention of the state health department in Arizona who has issued fines for the homes involved. One patient died after a drug error saw him develop irreversible brain damage and die by receiving another patient's diabetic medication. The second patient was a woman who choked to death after eating unsuitable food as she required a diet of soft foods. The 2 patients who went missing included a man with dementia from a closed facility who wandered off before being brought back by police, and a woman who was involved with assisted living arrangements who was not found until 18 hours later due immobility from a broken hip.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Arizona Daily Star
About: Aged homes targeted by State
Date: 9 January 2005
Source: Arizona Daily Star
Author: Jane Erikson, Enric Volante
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