Patient suicide: nurse gave patient a razor, did not check back for three hours.

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The forty-one year-old patient, a male attorney in solo legal practice, went to a neurologist for headaches and insomnia. Five days later he went to the hospital with complaints of increasing anxiety, difficulty concentrating and a sensation that his heart was racing out of control.

He was admitted to cardiac telemetry. His brain MRI came back normal. Finding no apparent organic pathology to account for the patient's symptoms the neurologist recommended the admitting physician order anti-anxiety medication and get a psychiatric consultation.

The patient's nurse noticed he was not in his bed. His bathroom door was locked so she called maintenance to unlock it.

They found the patient dead inside. He had slit his wrists...

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