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Posted on 22nd September 2017

Discharged Patient Dies On Same Day

An elderly patient telephoned her daughter in Florida telling her that the hospital had “Finished me off” after discharging her.

The 84 year old woman was admitted to hospital because her GP suspected the woman had contracted pneumonia. She was seen by a consultant due to feeling unwell and having a cough and shortness of breath for a week.

The consultant diagnosed an exacerbation of her COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) but advised she could go home once she had been reviewed by the early support discharge team. After spending just two days in hospital she was discharged.

Shortly after discharge, the patient telephoned her daughter who lives in Florida and gave an account of what had just happened. She told her daughter how she had “bruised and swollen ankles from kicking against the metal frame of the hospital bed for attention” and how she had told nurses she “didn’t want excessive amounts of oxygen”

Only a few hours after being discharged, the 84 year old patient was found dead and her death was recorded as COPD.

The deceased daughter said “Trust doctors said my mum was fit for discharge yet she was over-oxygenated and semi-comatosed and died within hours of being discharged”

The chief executive of the hospital trust admitted that the care given to the patient had “fallen below the standard the patient was entitled to expect” and “it is acknowledged that consideration should have been given to non-invasive ventilation based on blood gas results and that here was poor adherence to the Trust oxygen therapy guidelines”


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