The Cape Breton District Health Authority is investigating an incident that left an elderly patient's head stuck in a bed rail.

The incident happened Thursday night at the Taigh Na Mara nursing home in Glace Bay. The man died two days later.

Greg Boone, a spokeman for the Cape Breton District Health Authority, said staff discovered the elderly patient at around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday during a routine check.

"They found a male resident with his head stuck in the head rail or the bed rail section of his bed. At that time staff tried to make him as comfortable as possible," he said.

"The staff were unable to remove his head from the side rail they called 911."

The local fire department had to come in to free the man's head with the Jaws of Life.

Boone said initial assessments determined the man was fine and the decision was made not to take the man to hospital.  

Boone said nothing like this has happened at any health authority facility in Cape Breton.

He won't speak to the details of the man's death two days later, citing the family has requested privacy.