Medical procedure led to death

A PENSIONER with a history of serious heart disease died in hospital from a cardiac arrest, immediately after a catheter in one of her veins was removed, an inquest heard.

Patricia Jackson, a retired checkout operator, died at the age of 72 at Worthing Hospital on July 12, 2013.

The inquest heard that a central venous catheter (CVC) line had been removed from one of her veins three days earlier, on July 9.

Mrs Jackson’s death was recorded as having been caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain and the failure of her cardiorespiratory system.

At the end of the inquest, assistant coroner for West Sussex Dr David Skipp recorded a narrative verdict.

In his conclusion, Dr Skipp wrote: “Patricia Jackson, who suffered from multiple medical disorders, was an inpatient in Worthing Hospital when on July 9, 2013, a procedure to remove a CVC line was undertaken immediately followed by a cardiorespiratory arrest and subsequent irreversible brain damage leading to death on July 12, 2013.”

Mrs Jackson lived in Summersdeane, Southwick, and is survived by her husband Geoffrey, and two sons.

The inquest was held at Centenary House in Durrington on May 19.

Mr Jackson was suffering from ischaemic heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.