Incident in a HSC setting
According to the service user’s daughter, her mother was left to die as the hospital failed to attend and meet the needs of her mother when repeatedly asked. Consequently as a result of this, her mother passed away.
* Overall, ‘Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board’ was to blame as they accepted the fact that they should have maybe reviewed their procedures earlier or trained their nurses better. As a result of the lack of medical intervention, they agreed to pay the family a fee of £1000 in total for compensation
* I do however feel it is inevitable to say whether the incident could have been prevented or not. Prior to her mother being admitted to hospital, she spent some time in a care home, which indicates her condition had already started to deteriorate. There is a possibility that with further medical intervention she could have survived, on the other hand, there is a possibility that due to natural circumstances she could have passed away anyway. According to the article, the advisers say that these it is impossible to say whether these failures had contributed to the patient’s death.
* Firstly, and most importantly, the University Health Board have agreed to review their procedures and train their nurses, I think this is the most important change they can make in order to guarantee service users a better and more efficient service. Furthermore, they have already put several new procedures in place, in order to improve their service, which I personally feel is adequate enough. I feel that if they were to implement a system where the service users family or friend were to notify them if they feared the patient’s life was at risk, it would cause a lot of unnecessary confusion and people would be likely to take advantage of this as each person values their life, they would probably go to extreme lengths to be seen first etc.
By reviewing their...