TRAGIC LOSS: Suspected Warwick meningococcal victim Jazmyn Carter.
TRAGIC LOSS: Suspected Warwick meningococcal victim Jazmyn Carter.

Warwick teen's death blamed on series of hospital errors

A WARWICK teenager who died from meningococcal disease could still be alive if not for a series of errors by hospital staff, a coroner has found.

17-year-old Jazmyn Carter-Maher presented to Warwick Hospital on August 3, last year with low blood pressure and complaining of soreness in her limbs.

She had played a game of AFL the evening before and told staff she had had flu-like symptoms for the previous four weeks.

She was admitted to a ward overnight and died early the next morning after going into cardiac arrest.

Mr Lock said the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service had implemented a deterioration detection system in their hospitals following the death of Mrs Wright.

But it was not implemented properly in Ms Carter-Maher's case. He said if it had, an emergency reading would have been made earlier.

An autopsy found she had died from meningococcal septicaemia.

Mr Lock said it was a "significant concern" that hospital staff did not phone Ms Carter-Maher's mother to tell her daughter's condition had deteriorated until she had died.

Mr Lock recommended that Queensland Health fund research into the deterioration detection tool.

He also said the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service should consider a protocol for advising family of patients who are deteriorating. - APN NEWSDESK


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