Trust faces prosecution over death of patient who was given the wrong drug after birth of son

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 20 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4954
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    An English hospital trust is facing prosecution after one of its nurses died when an epidural anaesthetic was wrongly attached to an intravenous drip in her hand after childbirth.

    An inquest in 2008 found that Mayra Cabrera had been unlawfully killed when a midwife at Great Western Hospital in Swindon wrongly attached a bag containing bupivacaine, which had been negligently stored, to the drip.

    The inquest’s verdict, the first of unlawful killing against an NHS hospital trust, was, “Mayra Cabrera deceased …

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