Coroner wor­ried by num­ber of bug re­lated deaths

AP­POINT­MENT OF NEW MI­CRO­BI­OL­O­GIST TO LOUGH­LIN­STOWN IS WEL­COMED

Bray People - - Bray People - Mary FOG­A­RTY

ST. COLM­CILLE’S Hospi­tal, Lough­lin­stown, has once again been re­ferred to in two sep­a­rate in­quests at Dublin County Coroner’s Court. This comes as a new mi­cro­bi­ol­o­gist is ap­pointed to the hospi­tal.

Mary Carolan, 91, of Tara Nurs­ing Home, died at the hospi­tal on Au­gust 29, 2006. She was ad­mit­ted for treat­ment of a pres­sure sore the pre­vi­ous May, which was tested pos­i­tive for MRSA. She was dis­charged back to the home in July but was re-ad­mit­ted in Au­gust with vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhoea and low blood pres­sure. It was dis­cov­ered the fol­low­ing day that she had con­tracted C-Diff. Her con­di­tion con­tin­ued to de­te­ri­o­rate and she died on Au­gust 29.

The coroner Dr Kieran Geraghty re­turned an open ver­dict as it was not clear as to where Mrs Carolan con­tracted the in­fec­tion.

William Wall, aged 87, late of Beech Road, died of shock cause by gas­tri­tis and pseu­domem­bra­nis coli­tis due to C-Diff in­fec­tion at Lough­lin­stown on Oc­to­ber 1 2007. a sec­ond in­quest heard.

The Alzheimer’s suf­ferer was ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal in Au­gust 2007, suf­fer- ing from poor oral in­take, de­hy­dra­tion, con­sti­pa­tion and a pos­si­ble uri­nary tract in­fec­tion.

He suf­fered a fall on Au­gust 18 and an area of bac­te­rial in­fec­tion of the skin (cel­luli­tis) on one of his arms was noted and treated, which was pos­i­tive for a heavy growth of MRSA two days later. He was later treated for MRSA but C-Diff was then de­tected on Septem­ber 27. His con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rated and he died on Oc­to­ber 1.

Dr Geraghty recorded a ver­dict of death by nat­u­ral causes com­pli­cated by hospi­tal ac­quired in­fec­tion.

While a mi­cro­bi­ol­o­gist has since been ap­pointed to the Dublin hospi­tal, The Dublin county coroner, Dr. Kieran Geraghty voiced his con­cerns about ‘a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of’ su­per­bug-re­lated deaths on five sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions within the last year.

Cllr. John Ryan, who last May warned pa­tients to stay away from Lough­lin­stown no mat­ter how sick they may be, has wel­comed the ap­point­ment of Susie Fitzger­ald - who will work both at St. Colm­cille’s and St. Vin­cent’s.

‘Peo­ple have been cam­paign­ing for years for this role to be cre­ated,’ said Cllr. Ryan. ‘I am de­lighted that it has been fi­nally filled, and I wish Ms. Fitzger­ald the very best of suc­cess.’

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