Coroner worried by number of bug related deaths
APPOINTMENT OF NEW MICROBIOLOGIST TO LOUGHLINSTOWN IS WELCOMED
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.’