A daughter who had to go through losing her mum after a needless hospital error over the wrong medication has finally received a five-figure pay-out from the hospital concerned.
Barbara Humphreys lost her mother Sheila Barker two years ago after she suffered severe stomach pains. Mrs Barker was admitted to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and received a diagnosis of colitis. She was then prescribed a selection of medications to control the condition. However one essential medication that should have been prescribed was not given. The wrong medication led to serious internal bleeding and Mrs Barker died in the hospital not long after the original diagnosis.
Painkillers and other appropriate medication, including prednisolone, were prescribed to Mrs Barker at the time. However another medication, known as a proton pump inhibitor or PPI, should also have been prescribed to prevent any incidence of internal bleeding. This was not done and Mrs Barker lost her life as a result. Her daughter spoke of her mum as a proud woman and of the failings in terms of the care received by her mother at the time she was in hospital.
Is it common for the wrong medication to be prescribed?
A series of checks must be performed when any medication is issued to a patient. In this case a selection of tablets was prescribed to the late Mrs Barker but one crucial tablet was not prescribed. It is rare that medical negligence of this kind occurs, but when it does it can lead to untold consequences. Barbara Humphreys lost her mother as a result of this error – something that can never be undone. These incidents are rare but there is no denying the catastrophic outcome that is left behind.
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