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Deadly Drug Error Led to Patients Death

Posted on: September 15th, 2010

The family of Albert Matthews, 65, previously of Broseley in Shropshire, have agreed a 15,000 pounds medical negligence compensation settlement with the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust, after they admitted medical negligence which led to Mr. Matthews’ death.

Mr Matthews had been taken to the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford in September 2006, complaining of a shortness of breath. He was diagnosed with pneumonia in his upper lung, taken to hospital and given Tramadol and Haloperidol.

His condition continued to deteriorate, and several days later he was given 4mg of the painkilling drug Lorazepam. The cocktail of painkillers and sedatives put Mr Matthews into respiratory arrest, which lead to cardiac arrest and he died the next day.

In the medical negligence case against the hospital, it was claimed that these three drugs were known to affect breathing when administered together, and that Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust had failed in their duty of care towards Mr. Matthews.

The Trust initially refuted the claim – stating that appropriate medical treatment had been given – but have now admitted that the combination of drugs did lead to Mr. Matthews’ premature death and have apologised to the family as well as agreeing to a compensation payment of 15,000 pounds.