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Medical abortions and sepsis

  • Published: Wednesday November 10, 2021
  • Category: Default
  • Tags: sepsis-death,

As reported by itv news, a woman died as a result of sepsis, signs of which had been missed by numerous health professionals during a 3-week period following an abortion.

At inquest it was found that she had died of natural causes contributed to by neglect with Louise Rae, Coroner for Blackpool, noting there had been “gross failings” in her hospital care and “basic failings” from her GP and pharmacist. She commented that “it is staggering that she was spoken to in primary and secondary care and sepsis was not considered”.

While some of the delays in her care were attributed to the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, it was found there remains a general lack of awareness around sepsis following medical abortions with the coroner calling for a better understanding of maternal sepsis.

The Deputy Medical Director of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation, Dr Grahame Good, issued an apology to the family and confirmed that the Trust fully accepted all of the findings of the inquest. He acknowledged that there were “clearly things that could have been done differently” with regards to the care and “while they may not ultimately have saved her life, could have played their part.” He provided assurances on behalf of the Trust that there had been a full investigation into the circumstances of the death, which has also been considered by The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch and recommendations made.

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