Scotlands’s Daily Record newspaper has published the story of a patient with advanced vascular dementia who was discharged from a Lanarkshire acute hospital with a cannula needle still in her arm.
She had been admitted to University Hospital Hairmyres and after discharge was taken by ambulance to her East Kilbride home.
It was then that her son and his wife noticed that the cannula (a plastic tube containing a needle that is inserted into a patient’s body in order to deliver medication or fluids) was still inserted in her arm.
The hospital arranged for a nurse to attend the patient at home to remove the cannula. Her son intends to make a formal complaint and is considering taking legal action.
The newspaper article draws on a similar case that we dealt with:
“English legal firm Slee Blackwell reached an out-of-court settlement for the widow of a man who died in June 2019 after being discharged from St James University Hospital in Leeds with a cannula, which had been inserted by paramedics, still in place.
A post mortem found that an infection caused by the cannula had resulted in a decline in his renal function.”
You can read all about it in the case study published on this site here.
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