Hospital deaths focus of Toowoomba coronial inquest

THE failure of Darling Downs hospital staff in detecting sepsis in two patients will be the focus of a coronial inquest starting in Toowoomba today.

Coroner John Lock will hear evidence over the next four days relating to the deaths of 17-year-old Jasmyn Louise Carter-Maher and Verris Dawn Wright, 86.

The join inquest, expected to run through to Thursday, will seek to define the circumstances leading up to the deaths of the two women.

Ms Carter-Maher died on August 4 last year at Warwick Hospital.

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Pre-inquest hearings earlier this year heard she died from meningococcal septicaemia.

The inquest will probe the circumstances of her death in hospital, the adequacy of the care she received by hospital staff and the "adequacy of the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service's implementation and use of the Adult Deterioration Detection System".

The inquest will also probe the death of Mrs Wright who died from septic shock related to a bowel infection after being discharged from Oakey Hospital in December, 2013.

Witnesses to front the inquest will include nurses and doctors on-call at the time, and DDHHS representatives.


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