Hospital at fault in brain surgery death
Mon, 24 Sep 2012 1:23p.m.
Health authorities in Canterbury have been told to apologise to the family of a 21-year-old man who died following brain surgery.
The man had surgery to relieve headache-causing pressure on his brain in 2008.
The Health and Disability Commissioner's findings, released on Monday, found a number of problems with his post-operative care.
His breathing rate - which was initially checked every hour - was not recorded overnight following surgery and he was found dead in his hospital bed in the special care unit the day after his operation.
The post-mortem found he possibly died because of a "functional loss of breathing control while asleep".
Commissioner Anthony Hill said the Canterbury District Health Board had not provided the man with an appropriate standard of care, and recommended it apologise to his family and take steps to ensure such failures were not repeated.
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14/12/2012 6:27:19 p.m.
He died in 2008 and it is almost 2013! Why has it taken almost 5 years to give this poor family a conclusive inquiry?
24/09/2012 2:48:29 p.m.
This is absolutely disgusting, He needed the care and nobody looked after him. well whatever hospital this is I am absolutly disgusted and I hope this happens to no one else. I am sorry that this happened at all and soneone had to loose their life.
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