A pensioner who suffered severe stomach pains and was admitted to The University Hospital of North Staffordshire later died as a result of gastrointestinal bleeding. Sheila Baker received a diagnosis of colitis upon being taken into hospital and was prescribed a variety of drugs to help manage the condition. However since her untimely death it has been discovered that one essential drug was not provided. This was a proton pump inhibitor, designed to protect the stomach lining as a consequence of the other drugs being taken for the condition.
Mrs Baker died in hospital in August 2012 and now her daughter, Barbara Humphreys, has been granted a compensation pay-out amounting to five figures. The hospital trust has admitted liability in the case. The combination of tablets is usually given along with the proton pump inhibitor to ensure that this type of bleeding does not occur. However in this case it was not given and the combination of drugs she was taking led to the bleed which ultimately caused her death.
Her daughter said she was glad she had sought justice for her mum and felt satisfied she had now got that. Mrs Humphreys said her mum had died unnecessarily and she had brought the case in the hope she could make sure this did not happen to anyone else.
How common is it for there to be a significant failure of care?
It should be noted that medical negligence is a rare occurrence in the 21st century. However there will always be the potential for negligence to happen, whether it is severe or relatively mild in nature. The key is to remember that in cases such as this, where gastrointestinal bleeding can lead to a severely ill patient, or even the worst-case scenario, professional legal advice is a good idea so you can see where you stand. You always have a right for your complaint to be heard.
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Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown