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Hospitals In Scotland Not Diagnosing DVT Properly

clot travels p to the lungs.

It was reported that Katie who was an occupational therapy student had gone to A&E at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on 20 January 2003 with a painful lower leg. She tested positive in one test for DVT and went on to have a venogram that involved injecting a dye into a vein. The specialist registrar found no thrombosis, and recorded a "low probability of DVT" in his report. Her GP whom she consulted on the following day accepted the report and diagnosed her with muscle injury. Still doubtful she had gone the next day to the A&E at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, but there too she was discharged and told to return if she got worse. On 26th January she started experiencing breathing difficulties and was rushed to a hospital in Greenock, but her condition deteriorated badly and she passed away. The post-mortem report reeled that the clot in her leg would have probably been there fro several days.

Prof Brown had expressed concern about the failure of the doctors to provide an objective second opinion, instead taking for granted the accuracy of the venogram. Stating that ‘It confirms everything we always suspected’ Jane McPherson Katie’s mother said that they had waited for 3&1/2 years to find out why Katie died. She said that they had always suspected that had the doctors given her an injection of heparin, she could still be alive. Regarding the case of the other woman to, Shona Robison MSP, the SNP's spokeswoman on health, said the report has highlighted serious failures in the system.

Dr Charles Swainson, medical director of NHS Lothian, said diagnosing DVT could be very difficult and the ERI have already reviewed their procedures to make sure patients know when to return if symptoms got worse. A Scottish Executive spokesman said that they will be looking to the boards involved to see that the actions they are planning to take are adequate and are properly implemented.

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