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Thursday, April 22, 1999 Published at 15:29 GMT 16:29 UK


Man dies after falling from hospital trolley

A man died after breaking leg fallling from a hospital trolley

A 53-year-old man broke his thigh when he fell from a trolley at a hospital where he was being treated for diabetes, an inquest has heard. Local government officer Barry Grady later died following an operation to treat the fracture.

The incident happened at Norfolk and Norwich Hospital in Norwich.

Mr Grady broke his femur, had an operation to mend it then suffered a heart attack and died from pneumonia.

Recording a verdict of misadventure on Mr Grady, from Saxlingham Nethergate, Norfolk, the coroner, William Armstrong, said: "It is likely the fracture was a substantial contributory factor of his death."

He made no comment on any potential issue of blame.

Mr Armstrong said Mr Grady suffered from diabetes and was taken to hospital after he was spotted driving his car erratically on 16 February this year.

He was suffering from hypoglycaemia.

Nurse 'turned back on patient'

Senior staff nurse Catherine Hudson said that when admitted Mr Grady was put on a trolley. He became disorientated and entangled his drip line round his arm.

When she lowered one side of his trolley to disentangle it, Mr Grady rolled on to the floor and then complained of pain in his leg.

An X-ray showed he had sustained a fracture.

She said she had her back to him when he rolled over.

Mr Grady underwent surgery on 17 February, but on 24 February had a cardiac arrest. He was put into intensive care but died on 25 February.

The coroner said a Health and Safety inspector had described staff nurse Hudson as having acted in a "perfectly appropriate, professional fashion".

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