Northfield man dies after ambulance cot tips

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NORTHFIELD, Ohio- A 81-year-old patient who was on a stretcher that tipped over has died.

The Northfield Fire Department said crews responded to a medical emergency on Cambridge Drive on March 26. While paramedics were moving the patient from the house to the ambulance, the cot tipped over causing him to injure his head.

He was taken to Hillcrest Hospital and later died.

He’s been identified as 81-year-old Charles Borton. he cause of death is under investigation by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office.

According to the fire department, medics had trouble moving the stretcher because of weather and surface conditions.

“Our kind of motto around here is we treat all of our patients like we treat our family.  So when an incident like this occurs, when we are treating a patient and they get hurt, the caretakers, myself, everyone involved are deeply upset by the incident that happened,” Chief Jason L. Buss said.

Buss is also reviewing procedures to prevent further incidents like this from happening.

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