Middle aged woman with psychiatric history
The patient was a middle-aged African American woman with history of psychiatric condition, obesity and recent weight loss.
The patient was transferred from her long-term residence to a hospital after an unspecified event in which she was found facedown.
Admission work-up included evaluation for a possible, unspecified respiratory issue.
She received medical management and was transferred to a rehabilitation center for possible, unspecified wound management.
The patient died under unknown circumstance in the rehabilitation center.
Limited history was available.
1. Summarize the history.
2. The history is limited. If you were seeing the patient in the emergency room, brought in by paramedics, what initial work-up would you order? Why?