A woman with Down's syndrome had a dirty catheter left inside her by care home staff before she died. Sandra Miller was last pictured celebrating her 55th birthday with her older sister Lynn Bah, happily sharing cake. But a few months after that photo was taken, Sandra died in hospital. In an investigation report, Dr Martin Plummeridge from Southmead Hospital said nursing staff in the emergency hospital had found her catheter to be “caked in faeces,” Bristol Live reports. It led to a severe infection, with pus-like urine collecting in her bladder. She was diagnosed with sepsis and E.coli Septicaemia which together with pneumonia killed her. Sandra, who had Down's Syndrome, Type 2 diabetes, hypothyroidism and Alzheimer's disease, was in the care of a nursing home for just over a year. But she was rushed to hospital in June 2016 following complications with the catheter fitted by staff at the home. Nurses at the hospital found her catheter blocked and unattached to a bag, … [Read more...] about Disabled woman had ‘faeces-caked’ catheter left inside her before she died
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A woman who was severely disabled died after staff at a nursing home left a blocked catheter in her, causing severe infection and infection. Sandra Miller, who suffered with Down’s Syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, hypothyroidism and Type 2 diabetes, was in the care of staff at Mortimer House Nursing Home in Bristol after she was discharged from hospital in May 2015. But an investigation has now found staff had not properly drained the catheter they put in her, causing complications with the infection. She was re-admitted to hospital in June 15, 2016, when nurses found “foul-smelling, pus-like urine’” in the bladder, according to the report. MORE: The five common signs of cancer you should not ignore Ms Miller died six days later despite doctors’ best efforts, after suffering from a respiratory or a urinary tract infection and heart failure. Despite her death, the area manager of the Milestones Trust, which ran the nursing home, told a court she … [Read more...] about Woman dies after nurses left blocked catheter in her for months
Football legend “King” Kenny Dalglish has become Sir Kenny as he leads more than 1,000 people receiving gongs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The former Liverpool striker and manager, 67, is knighted for services to football, charity and the City of Liverpool. Also honoured are screen stars Emma Thompson and Keira Knightley, ex-University Challenge host Bamber Gascoigne and rapper Ms Dynamite. The list is full of hundreds of unsung heroes, from counsellors and a Holocaust survivor to Britain's longest-serving poppy seller. But there are also fatcat bosses of Royal Mail and Network Rail whose gongs are likely to prompt accusations of rewards for failure. Here is the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours List in full. Honours in numbers In total, 1,057 people have received an award. Of the total number recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list this year, 210 have been made an OBE, 392 an MBE, and 318 awarded a BEM. There are always rows over gongs for cronies and … [Read more...] about Queen’s Birthday Honours full list for 2018
This month, it was revealed that a staggering 90 per cent of councils in the UK have slashed funding to preventative healthcare services. The research released by trade publication Pulse revealed that cuts were made to services including weight management, sexual health, and addiction in a bid to save cash. Some areas, the survey of 80 local authorities showed, are getting rid of these services altogether. This devastating news is made even more troubling when you consider that one in four people still die from preventable illnesses. Conditions like respiratory problems or heart disease are entirely avoidable. Read more: PM: Robots can prevent 22,000 annual cancer deaths What’s more, the effect of failing to manage long-term illnesses like this reaches far beyond shortening lifespans. It impacts mental health, and drastically reduces quality of life. The truth is that these issues, as outlined by the report, are the direct result of poor planning and under-investment in … [Read more...] about Preventing illness with technology can make Britain healthy again and spare the NHS
Every atrocity in the Syrian civil war provokes a furious row about whether it happened and, if so, who was responsible for carrying it out. The merciless brutality of all sides combines with partisan reporting and lack of access for independent investigators to make it possible for doubts to be generated about even the most blatant war crime. One good rule is that participants in the war are often accurate about the crimes of their opponents while they invariably lie or are silent about their own. This rule appears to hold good in the case of the poison gas attack on the city of Douma on 7 April, which killed at least 34 people and possibly twice as many. The Russian military claim that the attack was faked by pro-opposition activists and that samples taken from the site of where the civilians died were not toxic. The Syrian government issues blanket denials when accused of using poison gas. But there is mounting evidence from neutral observers to confirm that chlorine was used … [Read more...] about How can we know that a chemical weapons attack took place in Syria?