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Elderly woman suffers pain of two undiagnosed broken legs for four days

The family of an 81 year old woman claim that a Cardiff hospital was negligent in it's care of patients. This occurred only months after previous complaints about the care of elderly mentally ill patients at the hospital. The elderly women suffered two broken legs after being carried to the toilet by two male staff. It is alleged that even though she complained of pain and a doctor recommended x-rays, it was four days before her condition was diagnosed. She then developed breathing problems and died two weeks later. Her family believes that her broken legs could have been avoided by using a hoist. Serious mistakes were uncovered through an external investigation. The hospital admits to lack of adequate care but claims that she had undiagnosed cancer which could have also have contributed to her death. Following the investigation, the hospital has taken measures to improve the standard of care.

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About: Elderly woman suffers pain of two undiagnosed broken legs for four days

Date: 20 January 2005

Source: BBC News


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