Authorities Review Video Of Upstate Man Who Died Fighting Hospital Security

Patrick Gentry
April 17, 2017 - 4:33 pm

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a review of a video that shows a fight between a patient at Greenville Memorial Hospital and a security guard. After the fight Donald Smith died. The coroner’s office said the manner of death was homicide by traumatic asphyxiation. Security personnel report Smith had been combative towards hospital staff and when he was subdued the method used to secure Smith caused him to asphyxiate. CMMS found that no clinical assessment of the patient was given during the restraint episode and no intervention was given by hospital staff during the incident. An injection was also administered without any evaluation of the patient’s condition.

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