Patient dies in hospital after ‘do not resuscitate’ form is mistakenly put in his files
By Jo Macfarlane
Last updated at 8:03 AM on 07th February 2010
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A patient who suffered a heart attack on a hospital ward died because clerical staff had mistakenly inserted a ‘Do Not Attempt Resuscitation’ form into his medical notes.
Peter Clarke was not treated by doctors after going into cardiac arrest as a nurse had spotted the form in his files and, even though it was blank and had not been filled in, told other ward staff he should not be revived.
The blunder emerged at an inquest into the incident at Derby Hospitals NHS Trust, where bosses revealed staff had been ‘routinely’ placing the forms alongside medical records before they had been correctly signed and witnessed by senior doctors.
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And, you want to entrust “health care” to the US gooferment?
After all they do so well with VA Health Care. And Indian Health Care.
And, Medicare and Medicaid are the exemplars of efficiency and effectiveness.
In the USA, mistakes get corrected by wrongful death suits. After Obama care, you’ll sue the gooferment hospital in the gooferment courts. That’ll will work out how?
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