Baby death in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Kalamunda Reporter - - News - Mark Don­ald­son

A KING Ed­ward Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal doc­tor has been sus­pended and is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion over the death of a mother’s un­born twin last month.

The North Met­ro­pol­i­tan Health Ser­vice has de­clared the in­ci­dent a “sen­tinel event”, which is used for the most se­ri­ous of al­leged med­i­cal er­rors.

A health ser­vice spokesman could not elab­o­rate on de­tails of the med­i­cal pro­ce­dure that pre­ceded the twin’s death or how ad­vanced the mother’s preg­nancy was at the time.

But he con­firmed a doc­tor had been stood down from the State Gov­ern­ment ma­ter­nity hos­pi­tal.

“The North Met­ro­pol­i­tan Health Ser­vice is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cir­cum­stances of a clin­i­cal in­ci­dent that re­cently oc­curred at King Ed­ward Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal,” he said.

“A mem­ber of staff has been sus­pended from du­ties pend­ing com­ple­tion of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“All clin­i­cal in­ci­dents of this kind are in­ves­ti­gated and an­a­lysed to iden­tify con­tribut­ing fac­tors, and lessons learned are iden­ti­fied and put into prac­tice to im­prove the safety and qual­ity of ser­vices.

“We ex­tend our sin­cere con­do­lences to the pa­tient and en­cour­age all pa­tients ex­pe­ri­enc­ing loss to ac­cess the hos­pi­tal’s on-site Peri­na­tal Loss and Pas­toral Care Ser­vices.”

He said “in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal ex­perts” were hold­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

It is not known how long it will take.

The Aus­tralian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion could not com­ment on the mat­ter.

The WA Health De­part­ment de­fines a sen­tinel event as “rare ad­verse events lead­ing to se­ri­ous pa­tient harm or death that are specif­i­cally caused by health­care rather than the pa­tient’s un­der­ly­ing con­di­tion or ill­ness”.

The de­part­ment’s most re­cently pub­lished sen­tinel event report was in 2010-11.

That year there were 96 con­firmed sen­tinel events, 58 per cent of which re­sulted in death.

King Ed­ward Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death of an un­born twin.

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