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« Thread started on: Jan 22nd, 2009, 09:31am »

Staff 'urged doctor not to give fatal jab' - court told

Thursday, January 22, 2009, 14:00

A NURSE told a court that her colleagues asked a hospital registrar not to inject a patient who died shortly after being given a dose of adrenaline.

Giving evidence at the trial of Priya Ramnath, senior staff nurse Beverley Pedley said a doctor and a ward sister both received 'no response' to their requests for the registrar not to give the drug to Patricia Leighton.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court has been told that Dr Ramnath also failed to speak to a consultant anaesthetist at Stafford District General Hospital before injecting the drug into Mrs Leighton, aged 51, of Burntwood, on July 22, 1998.

Mrs Pedley told the jury Mrs Leighton was admitted to the hospital with suspected septic shock and Dr Ramnath said the patient might need adrenaline because of her low blood pressure.

Mrs Pedley said Dr Ramnath was advised by nursing sister Kim Grundy and another doctor not to give the injection.

Asked by prosecuting counsel Michael Burrows QC how Dr Ramnath responded, Mrs Pedley said: "There was no response. She just gave the injection.

"I wish I could have knocked it out of her hand."

Less than a minute after the injection, the patient shot forward in her bed, stretched out her arms and collapsed, Mrs Pedley said.

Ramnath, aged 40, whose address cannot be published for legal reasons, denies the manslaughter of Mrs Leighton by gross negligence.

The trial continues.

My solicitor friend completely ignored the fact that a. the medical errors are quite common b. criminalizing medical errors may be good for lawyers but very bad for medical progress.

Human beings do make errors. It seems that Dr. Ramnath was the senior most physician at the scene and if in her medical judgment Adrenaline was indicated to save the patient's life, she need not have a conference with junior physician and a nurse to decide the merits of a medication. She has been physician for several years now and there is no record of reckless behavior or medical malpractice.

If a physician is impaired and not able to make a proper judgment to the level of harming the patient, the proper punishment would be to take them out of circulation by taking their privileges away. Putting them in jail serves no one. - Vijay Mehta.
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