In­juries missed, man dies

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A man who was later found to have eight bro­ken ribs, a col­lapsed lung and in­ter­nal bleed­ing was given a tetanus in­jec­tion and sent home from a med­i­cal cen­tre with painkillers.

Gary Wilmshurst died two days later as his fam­ily gath­ered for his 62nd birth­day.

Coroner Ian Smith, in an in­quest re­port on the death re­leased last week, said as­pects of Wilmshurst’s treat­ment should have been done dif­fer­ently.

He also said the Porirua Ac­ci­dent and Med­i­cal Cen­tre, which is a joint ven­ture be­tween the Cap­i­tal & Coast District Health Board and the Porirua Af­ter Hours Med­i­cal Cen­tre gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers, should make clear it was not an ac­ci­dent and emer­gency depart­ment.

He rec­om­mended the fa­cil­ity con­sider ap­ply­ing the lat­est Ad­vanced Trauma Life Sup­port Course Man­ual for Doc­tors, es­pe­cially not­ing the ‘‘pit­fall’’ of un­der­es­ti­mat­ing the im­pact of rib frac­tures, par­tic­u­larly with older pa­tients.

His rec­om­men­da­tions came in his re­port on Wilmshurst’s death, in De­cem­ber, 2011.

Smith said Wilmshurst fell from a lad­der into a rock gar­den out­side his Mana home, and was taken to the med­i­cal cen­tre at Kenepuru Hospi­tal in ‘‘ ex­treme pain’’. He was as­sessed, seen by a doc­tor, given a tetanus in­jec­tion, pre­scribed pain killers, then sent home.

De­spite the

painkillers, he

Gary Wilmshurst: His in­juries were se­ri­ously un­der­es­ti­mated.

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