Family Man died after 43 Days in ICU due to Prescription Blunder

An inquest heard that a man died after spending 43 days in the intensive care unit due to a prescription mistake.

Family Man died after 43 Days in ICU due to Prescription Blunder f

"we remain devastated and traumatised by the pain he endured"

An inquest heard that a “cheerful, affectionate family man” died in hospital due to a prescription blunder.

Chandrakant Patel went for a planned check-up, however, the prescription error meant he was given 10 times the amount of pain medication he should have received.

Mr Patel’s death has led to his family demanding accountability.

The fatal mistake happened after he had been admitted for a planned check-up for his chronic kidney disease on October 27, 2022. The disease causes gradual loss of kidney function over a period of months and years.

Mr Patel became unsteady and fatigued so he was referred to the Same Day Emergency Care Unit for observations.

Doctors decided to keep him overnight for monitoring and if his kidney function was stable, he could be sent home the next day.

But Mr Patel’s health quickly deteriorated. This was triggered after he was issued 500mg of Pregabalin at 10 pm on October 27, 2022, instead of 50mg.

He was rushed to the intensive care unit, where he spent 43 days.

Sadly Mr Patel died on December 8, 2022, leaving his family struggling to accept what had happened.

The error stemmed from a doctor relying on a letter dated July 13, 2022, that incorrectly recommended the inflated dose.

Shortly after being given the 500mg Pregabalin dose, Mr Patel lost consciousness, and on October 28, suffered severe respiratory failure.

The prescription had been approved by a doctor at the Renal Medicine Outpatient Clinic before the medicine was administered.

An internal investigation revealed the hospital was in breach of its medicine management policy because the letter was dated four weeks before Mr Patel’s admission and should have been reviewed, considering his renal function deterioration.

At London Coroner’s Court, Hannah Hinton said Mr Patel’s death was attributed to multiple organ failure and that he suffered severe respiratory failure, lung infection and too much acid in the blood.

Following the fatal error, the hospital has worked to make changes to the prescription system. It has also held additional training measures for staff.

Mr Patel is survived by his widow, Kailasben, and his three children.

In a tribute to the 73-year-old, the Patel family, supported by law firm Simpson Millar said:

“Our beloved father was a cheerful, affectionate family man with a contagious laugh and a wonderful sense of humour.

“It’s still unfathomable to us that he’s been taken from us; it simply wasn’t his time, and we struggle to accept how such a preventable mistake could claim his life in such a horrific manner.

“The 43 days he spent in the hospital were filled with immense suffering, and even now, we remain devastated and traumatised by the pain he endured and what we witnessed.

“We never imagined that our father wouldn’t return home after what should have been a routine check-up in the capable hands of hospital staff.

“Hospitals are meant to be places of healing, but in our case, it was the opposite.

“The entire experience feels surreal like a nightmare turned reality.”

“We’ve been seeking answers and were hopeful that the inquest hearing would offer us some clarity. However, a year and a half later we are still unclear.”

A spokesperson for Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said:

“The Trust identified that an incorrect dose of medication had been administered in October 2022.

“The Trust offers condolences to the family and since then, changes have been made to the medication prescribing system, and staff training in this area has been enhanced.”

Dhiren is a News & Content Editor who loves all things football. He also has a passion for gaming and watching films. His motto is to "Live life one day at a time".

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