Patient death from asthma because staff were not trained in life support procedures

  • March 25, 2015
  • 15 year-old Zara had suffered from asthma for many years. She’d used an entire inhaler in 24 hours when she attended the local minor injuries hospital.

    Unfortunately staff failed to take peak flow readings and she was discharged. Later that evening she developed further respiratory difficulties and was rushed back to hospital. She was left without assistance, despite clearly being in distress, and collapsed, but as staff were not trained in life support procedures they were unable to assist. Zara died two days later.

    Zara’s family sought help from Medical Accident Group’s medical negligence claims specialists.

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    Understanding Zara’s Claim

    Zara was 15 when she was taken to Ross Community Hospital with breathing difficulties. However, staff failed to take peak flows and she was discharged home. In addition, they failed to advise her that if she developed further respiratory difficulties that she should go to the A&E Hospital that was a few miles away.

    As a result, a few hours later, she was rushed back to the hospital. She was left without assistance, despite clearly being in distress, and collapsed. Staff were not trained in life support procedures and were unable to assist. She experienced a significant hypoxic event and passed away two days later.

    Medical Accident Groups’ Medical Negligence Specialists Explain:

    “Significant changes have been made to procedures at Ross Community Hospital, as a result of this case. Any patients with respiratory difficulties are now transferred immediately to Hereford Hospital, and staff have been trained in life support procedures.

    This matter highlights our involvement in high profile matters that prompt effective change. It also highlights the extremely sensitive cases we act on.”

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