A frail nurse died just 48 hours after Coved 19 when a sweep test lied that she did not have the disease, an inquiry has heard.
Karen Wilkes, a 62-year-old assistant nurse, died on April 21, 2020, and an autopsy the following day revealed that she had, in fact, contracted the corona virus.
Manchester West Area Coroner Professor Alan Walsh had ordered a full investigation into the family’s concerns that Karen of Underfield Street, Pemberton might have caught the virus from a patient she was caring for. At the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wagon.
But concluding that Bill’s mother of two had died of natural causes, Professor Walsh said in the Bolton Inquiry that there was no way to know if the patient he was caring for was actually Was it a disease or not?
The patient had a positive test for Covid on April 28, and had been in and out of the hospital since April 3 when Karen spent a long time on the ward with him, including taking him to the toilet.
Professor Walsh heard that Karen suffered from shortness of breath and difficulty breathing after overcoming lung cancer, after which part of her right lung was removed 10 years ago.
This, her sister Sandra Martland said, made her suffer from a chest infection.
Karen was sent home from the ward on April 8 after developing a “new cough” and was sent to Lee Infirmary for a sweep test.
However, she was too ill to attend the initial sweep test and Professor Walsh criticized the hospital owners for recording because they were ineligible for the meeting because he did not make it clear that he was present. Did not happen
Finally, another appointment was made for the swab test. Then, Sandra went to the infirmary behind her sister’s car and saw him ‘turning around once or twice’.
“Karen later told me, ‘I have no idea how I got home,'” Sandra told the hearing.
Sadly, the test results came when Karen found one of her daughters dead at home.
Pathologist Dr Naveen Sharma said the cause of death was Covid 19 pneumonia and the post-mortem revealed that he had Covid 19.
Karen’s line manager was Julie Batterbury, who was responsible for assessing the 25 staff at the ward at the time.
But since the two women did not work the same shift until April 8 – the day she sent the assistant nurse home – her weak condition was not recorded or taken into account.
Professor Walsh was told that now the risk is being assessed by Ms. Bitterbury and two other nursing sisters.
Paramedics were called to Karen’s home on April 13, and although her temperature had risen, other signs were normal.
But Professor Walsh pointed out that the Northwest Ambulance Service did not notify the paramedics present that Karen had lost her sense of taste and smell, “the classic symptoms of Covid 19”. After examining her vital signs, the ambulance crew left the house without taking her to the hospital.
Professor Walsh said NWAS “may need some training in communication”.
He also pointed out irregularities in the report form of the patient filled in by the paramedics who did not give the exact time and the trainee paramedic James Korn who attended was ‘below the required standard’.
The coroner was told that since Karen’s death, a new high-tech synchronized technology has allowed automatic logging into the system.
Dr. Kirsten Barron, a medical examiner who investigated for the Wrightington, Wagon and Lee NHS Trusts, said that at the time of Kane’s death, when epidemics were on the rise, he was not considered weak as per government guidelines. Time ‘, but recognized ward managers will be’ discretionary ‘in some cases.
He also said that if paramedics had taken Karen to the Accident and Emergency Ward on April 13, with her symptoms, it was highly likely that she would have been discharged immediately.
Dr. Barron said that in about 10% of cases, the broom test is known to give a false negative.
“They have never been 100 percent effective,” he said.
Concluding that Karen’s death was due to natural causes, Professor Walsh said that although he had looked at areas where the risk assessment process could be improved and improved communication between NWAS call operators. Could have gone, they did not consider it necessary to report further issues.
And he praised the dignity with which Sandra and Karen’s daughter, Lane Martland Wilkes, organized herself during the inquiry.
He said: “I have highlighted one or two issues that I think should be taken up on board, for example, the recording of ambulance service observations and the transmission of information to ambulance personnel. But I don’t see any problem which should be reported.
“I think there are some issues in the ambulance service and the hospital trust that can be learned from the evidence.
“It is rare for us to inquire into the death of Quaid, but I wanted a full and impartial inquiry into Karen’s death.
“I don’t think we’ll ever know where he got the contract from.”
And he said to Sandra and Lane: “I want to thank you for the dignity you have shown in a very calm way.
Karen was a determined career assistant nurse who had her own health problems but always wanted to serve the community. She was at the top. “