Gleusdorf: forensic doctors exonerate doctor

If a home resident falls out of bed at night, it’s not yet considered a reason for hospitalization. And even in the case of fever, an antibiotic does not have to be prescribed immediately. These findings by two forensic doctors from the university hospital in wurzburg carry considerable weight in the gleusdorf trial before the bamberg regional court. The first count of the indictment concerns the death of a 79-year-old resident of the home in 2014.

Man died of pneumonia

The man died of pneumonia five days after falling from his bed. The illness was recognized by the home physician martin L. (all names changed) according to the available documentation on the day before the 79-year-old’s death. He then prescribed him a broad-spectrum antibiotic. "The decisions as to when what was given are understandable from a medical point of view.", one of the experts, the senior forensic scientist thomas tatschner, testified. There is no evidence that the defendants in the case of the 79-year-old are to be accused of anything from a medical point of view.

Michael bohnert, head of the institute of forensic medicine at the university hospital in wurzburg, agreed with the statement. Only to the cause of death documented by the home doctor, he stated: "he has found an acute coronary syndrome. This is always true in the end, but it is also not what is expected here. Pneumonia as the cause of death would have been correct." in any case, however, it is to be assumed that the death was natural, as L. Had ticked off.

In addition to the experts, a geriatric nurse who had worked in gleusdorf from 2005 until his stroke in 2016 also testified. He could not remember much more, but he considers the accusations against the defendants to be "completely exaggerated". It is true that the boss always wanted to know "before taking any major action". But he knows nothing about a ban on calling a doctor. He himself had never been in such a situation.

The investigating criminal investigation officer found contradictions between the testimony of two witnesses and the medical and nursing documents. "The 79-year-old’s fall did happen, but contrary to what is claimed, the home’s doctor was there twice to see the man."

Depression due to gleusdorf

That in the patient file of L. In his view, the fact that the patient’s body had been whitened did not represent an attempt to conceal anything. Rather, only the note for a required prescription was deleted because the medication was already available in the castle. "I didn’t get the impression that entries were made later", the criminal investigation department man explained in court.

Another witness is a psychotherapist who was confided in by one of the main prosecution witnesses. The former gleusdorf employee had been arrested as a result of her experiences in the home and her subsequent "not being heard" suffered from depression. When the patient told her about the dubious deaths, the doctor contacted the ministry of health and later the public prosecutor’s office. "I did not do this for therapy reasons, but because I had the impression that there were serious offenses here."

The following days of the trial will deal with further fatalities. Among other things, the former head of the nursing service peter N. In 2011, he administered an injection of unknown content into the abdomen of a resident of a home, the man died shortly afterwards.

That besides the five accused points there are other grievances and irregularities in connection with the senior citizens’ residence, shows a list that FT editor ralf kestel sent to the court. The will be on 30. October read out in court, but chairman manfred schmidt already states: "everything that is not in the indictment is also not the subject of these proceedings."