Poor Patient Care Results In Successful Compensation Claim

Poor Patient Care Results In Successful Compensation Claim

Trevor was 83 when he was transferred to a nursing home in Sheffield. He had moved to the nursing home from a linked care home.

Trevor was admitted to hospital a year after his admission to the nursing home, where he was found to be severely dehydrated. It was also discovered that he had developed a large infected pressure sore on his hip whilst in the home. The home should have been aware of the risk of him developing a pressure sore, and should have taken steps to prevent this from happening.

Although the hospital gave Trevor antibiotic treatment for the infected pressure sore and fluid treatment for his dehydration, his deterioration continued and sadly he died. Following his death it was found that the pressure sore was 3 cm wide and 2.5cm deep and this sore was likely to have worsened his general condition.

Trevor's family made a complaint to CSCI about the treatment given to him. The report found that there were shortfalls in wound care assessment, communication with other professionals and following up of test results. The report also concluded that the level of personal care which Trevor received was "totally unacceptable".

Sarah Rowland of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors was successful in pursuing a clinical negligence claim on behalf of Trevor's family against the home.

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