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Man dies of septicaemia following hospital operation

Posted in: Medical Negligence NHS Claims Wrongful & Accidental Death 

Staff at the Royal Derby Hospital grossly failed to care for Simon Tulitt, 62, who died of septicaemia three days after an operation for colon cancer on 31 May 2013, an inquest heard. Derby and Derbyshire assistant coroner, Paul McCandless told the inquest that the neglect had “directly contributed” to Mr Tullit’s death. Investigations found that correct antibiotics had not been administered to the patient from Yoxall which could have avoided Mr Tullit contracting E-Coli septicaemia, a recognised complication of the surgery.

“death directly contributed to by neglect”

Mr McCandless ordered Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to put a system in place to avoid “systematic failure from senior level down” from occurring again, and ordered that the Trust report to him for the next 10 months on their progress. Mr McCandless also expressed his concern that investigations into the death of Mr Tullit had not been instigated immediately upon his passing away. He also questioned the fact that the antibiotic protocol that had been in place had not been carried out. He stated: “His death was then directly contributed to by neglect”.

The three day inquest, which took place last week heard that market researcher Simon Tullit had been examined by a junior doctor the day following his surgery. The junior doctor suspected that sepsis was setting in and reported it to the registrar. Two types of antibiotic were ordered but only one was administered to the patient – the second was countermanded by another doctor. By about 12.35 on 30 May Mr Tullit was back in surgery, at which time he was described as “extremely ill”. He died of multi-organ failure in the early hours of 31 May 2013.

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