Chester-le-Street pensioner's fatal bed sores were recognised complication, coroner concludes (From The Advertiser Series)
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Chester-le-Street pensioner's fatal bed sores were recognised complication, coroner concludes
4:35pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
AN elderly woman who died after her bed sores became infected was suffering from recognised medical complications brought on by immobility, a coroner has concluded.
Last month, an inquest in Crook in County Durham heard how Audrey Peace contracted septicaemia from sores she developed while recovering from a fall at Mendip House Residential Care Home in Chester-le Street.
The 81-year-old, of Perkinsville, near Chester-le-Street, died at the University Hospital of North Durham, in Durham City, in March last year after being placed on the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway, which determines care for dying patients.
Her daughter, Karen Armstrong, expressed serious concerns over her care, claiming she was let down by delays and communication failures between medical staff.
But Lisa Armstrong, one of 11 district nurses who looked after Mrs Peace, said the team had done everything they could to prevent and treat the sores.
Crispin Oliver, deputy coroner for County Durham, adjourned the case for two weeks to consider his verdict.
Today (Tuesday, October 8), he returned a narrative verdict, which stated: “The deceased had reduced mobility potentiated by a fractured humerus and died as a result of recognised medical complications.”