Coroner: homes need first aid equipment

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

At an inquest into the death of a woman with learning difficulties, a coroner has expressed concern over the lack of basic first aid resuscitation equipment and training in residential care homes. The woman, 35-year-old mute Gunul Hassan Osman was found dead in her room at a residential home in Tottenham in March. Miss Hassan’s body was discovered by staff shortly after they came on duty at 7am. On the advice of paramedics, staff at the home began resuscitation attempts and these were continued by ambulance men but without success. Coroner Dr William Dolman said he would write to the London Borough of Haringey’s chief executive and draw attention to “lessons that can be learnt” in the administration of basic resuscitation in residential homes. Head of quality and development at Haringey community support services Roger Goddard said the general level of first aid was basic and, when asked about a hypothetical heart attack situation, said staff were not generally trained in resuscitation because of “insurance m

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