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Caregiver threatened to kill dementia patient

A nursing home employee in southern Sweden has been dismissed after it was discovered that she lost her temper and threatened to kill one of her 90-year-old dementia patients.

Caregiver threatened to kill dementia patient

“It can be heavy and demanding with this type of patient. But I was surprised when I heard what happened and understood that the woman has worked for a long time in the industry. Of course it is completely unacceptable,” said the chairman for the social welfare board (Socialnämnden), Jan-Olof Sewring, to local paper Helsingborg’s Dagblad (HD).

The incident occurred about a week ago at a care home for the elderly in southern Sweden.

The 90-year-old man reportedly suffers from dementia, which causes him to sometimes act threateningly toward staff, often using foul language, according to HD.

But last week the woman, a hospital orderly that has worked for many years within the care sector, had enough of his antics when she met him in the corridor of the home, and started shouting at the man, waving her fist in the air.

She allegedly shouted that she would kill him if “he ever did that again”, according to the paper.

When other staff swiftly pulled the man back into his flat to try to calm the situation down, the orderly allegedly followed and continued to hurl abuse at the confused man.

After another member of staff had made a lex Sarah report, obliging staff in the care industry to report instances of mistreatment to the social services, the orderly was brought in to see the manager to explain her actions.

She allegedly admitted to having lost her temper, saying that she found it difficult to contain her anger. Talking to the other staff, her employers found that this had been obvious on previous occasions as well.

“But the investigation has so far not unearthed anything that could lead to further reports,” said the manager of the care home to HD.

The woman has since been dismissed and might be facing more serious consequences than losing her job, as the matter has also been reported to the police.

The woman’s threat to “kill” her patient might be enough to charge her with threatening behaviour, according to the paper.

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Police probe mystery death at Swedish care home after spate of overdoses

Police are investigating one case of murder and two attempted murders at a care home in the west of Sweden, after a doctor raised the alarm about suspicious insulin overdoses.

Police probe mystery death at Swedish care home after spate of overdoses
At least of the women did not normally receive insulin injections. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT
“There is one man who died in connection to the events,” Stina Lundqvist, the prosecutor in the case, told the local Göteborgs Tidning newspaper.
 
“All of these three people who received a medication which they were not supposed to have, according to what they were prescribed,” she added in an interview with Swedish state radio broadcaster SR
 
“We are investigating the events as attempted murder,” she told Sweden's TT newswire, which reported that it could be a case of active euthanasia, which is illegal in Sweden, although the prosecutor did not comment.
 
The doctor reported his suspicions to the police after two women from the same section of the care home were admitted to the hospital, both suffering from extremely low blood sugar. 
 
“Through giving the plaintiff insulin, someone has caused her to lose consciousness and stop breathing,” a senior doctor at the hospital wrote in a police report.
 
The doctor added that the woman would not have been capable of administering the insulin herself. 
 
In January this year, a third resident from the same section of the same care home, was also admitted to the hospital suffering from low blood sugar. It was then that police put a prosecutor on the case. 
 
“It's unlikely to be a coincidence because it is all from the same section and is the same type of event,” Lundqvist told TT.
 
“But it's a slightly special case. We can't say with confidence that this is an attempted murder. That's something we hope the investigation will shed some light on.” 
 
“There are certain elements which suggest a crime has been committed, although exactly what evidence this is, I cannot go into at present.” 
 
 
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At least one of the women did not normally take insulin, and another was admitted with a type of insulin in her body different from that which she was prescribed. 
 
According to a report in a local newspaper, a police search of the home found two empty insulin pens containing fast-acting insulin which were not registered in the home's records. 
 
Lundqvist said it was a “complicated investigation”, as many of the staff who worked at the home at the time had already moved on. 
 
“We have no one at present we could reasonably call a suspect, but of course there are people we are looking closely at,” she said. “It's of course a natural part of our investigation to look at who has been working at the home when all the events took place.” 
 
The prosecutor in the case, Stina Lundqvist, says there is not yet a suspect. Photo: Adam Ihse/Exponera
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