SOMEONE unplugged a dialysis machine attached to a critically ill hospital patient, an inquest has been told.
It played no part in the death of 72-year-old Malcolm Vaughan, of Plas Telford, Acrefair, Wrexham, but was one of a series of concerns about his care and police had looked into the incident.
The family had also been upset about him not getting water when he needed a drink, not being washed frequently and being placed in the furthest bed from the nurses’ station when it was known he was deaf, it was said.
Deputy coroner Nicola Jones also heard at the Llandudno inquest that Wrexham Maelor Hospital, where Mr Vaughan died in August last year, would be told about the family’s feelings.
Mrs Jones, who said she would raise the issues with the hospital authorities, stated that there had clearly been major worries about Mr Vaughan communicating with medical staff.
She wondered whether it would have helped to make his hospital stay “more bearable” had a simple note about his hearing been placed beside his bed.
She concluded that Mr Vaughan, who had acute myeloid leukaemia, died from natural causes.
Complaints raised by the family, with which she sympathised, were about “basic things”.
A doctor said they’d tried “everything we had in the arsenal” to try and get him better.
Mrs Jones said at the start of the inquest : “Mr Vaughan was attached to a machine which someone had inadvertently switched off. The post mortem makes it clear what happened did not make any contribution to his death."
Yesterday a Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board spokeswoman said: “We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family of Mr Vaughan for their loss.
“Although we are unable to comment extensively on this case, we’ll be talking to the family to listen to their concerns to make sure we can improve our standard of care for patients.
“We can confirm however that an internal review was undertaken following the death of Mr Vaughan.
“The coroner had been advised of the findings of the review and was satisfied with the findings and that lessons had been learned.”