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An inquest is being held over the death of a woman allegedly resulting from a series of medical blunders. A 22 year old woman suffered flu symptoms and her deterioration resulted in a doctor doing a home visit. He assessed her and wrote a letter detailing his findings including his belief that septicaemia might be the cause. He then passed on the letter to ambulance staff who took the girl to hospital. Hospital staff claim they never received the letter. At the hospital she was diagnosed with gastroenteritis. She was then sent to another hospital because it was believed she might be contagious. As her condition deteriorated another doctor suspected meningococcal septicaemia and ordered blood tests. The results were sent to the wrong hospital, delaying antibiotic treatment by several hours. She was given penicillin even though she was allergic to it. She was being transferred to ICU when she arrested and died.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Yorkshire Post
About: Series of hospital blunders leads to young woman's death
Date: 16 November 2004
Source: Yorkshire Post
Author: Dave Mark
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