Dementia patient, 95, died weeks after head injury in fall out of sling

16 March 2018 – Daily Post

95-year-old Mary Bacon died after a head injury which she suffered when she fell out of a sling that was not right to hoist her.

She was being manually hoisted from her bed in the wrong sling, which had also been incorrectly fitted.

Her head slammed into the metal frame of the manual lifting device, and began to bleed.

Mrs Bacon was rushed to hospital and was later put into a different care home, but died several weeks later.

The coroner who held the inquest into her death, John Gittins, said he believed the accident to be the “final straw”, and that she hadn’t been able to handle the trauma of the fall.

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