A SOUTH Derbyshire woman died at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital after she suffered from sepsis, an inquest was told.
Dorothy Benham, 77, of Yewtree Road, Rosliston had been staying at the Samuel Johnson Community Hospital in Lichfield but was transferred to Queen’s Hospital on November 26, 2012, after she became unwell.
Giving evidence to the inquest at Burton Town Hall, Dr Keith Long, who examined Ms Benham, said her breathing, pulse and temperature were high and test results showed her to be suffering from severe sepsis.
In order to increase her chances of survival, Dr Long repeatedly attempted to insert an intravenous drip into one of Ms Benham’s veins without success.
Dr Long told the inquest inserting intravenous lines is a procedure he has performed ‘many times’ and something he feels ‘competent’ to perform.
After the unsuccessful attempts, Dr Long sought help from both on duty registrars who were busy, the inquest was told.
Eventually, a line was inserted into Ms Benham’s leg which allowed her to be given fluids and anti-biotic medication.
Despite this, Ms Benham’s condition deteriorated and she died on November 27.
Dr Acland, who carried out the post-mortem examination on Ms Benham, said the cause of sepsis was not clear.
He said: “It was difficult to say how long she had been suffering from the sepsis but for various reasons it can break out and get into the blood stream.”
Coroner’s officer Stephanie Mason said a serious incident report into Ms Bentham’s death suggested she could have been transferred to Burton earlier in the day.
South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh said Ms Benham’s death resulted from complications of medical treatment.
He said: “It’s learned from tests carried out that she had severe sepsis and she is a very ill lady.
“But the important factor was to get a line in and we have heard from Dr Long about the efforts which were made.
“Taking into account the attempts to put a line in her it would be inaccurate for me to say this is an entirely natural death.”