Following a man’s death in hospital, his family has been awarded £15,000 in compensation. The man’s death was caused because he was given a combination of drugs in hospital which caused him to suffer breathing problems.
The man had been admitted to hospital when he started to complain about shortness of breath and he was diagnosed with pneumonia and began treatment for this. The man deteriorated and this was when he was given a drug. But later on, he was given a sedative and the hospital had not carried out the right checks to establish that he had already had another drug.
Altogether, the patient was given a combination of three drugs and although the hospital initially said that he had been given the right medication, they later admitted that the mixture of drugs is what caused his death.
The patient died the day after the drugs were given to him when he suffered a respiratory arrest. This was caused by the mixture of drugs that the hospital gave to him. Following on from the respiratory arrest, the patient suffered a fatal cardiac arrest. An out of court settlement of £15,000 was agreed for the family of the victim.
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