Local News & Archive — March 1, 2016 at 6:09 pm — Updated: March 1, 2016 at 6:09 pm

John Rogers inquest: defibrillator set to low power level

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An inquest into the death of a Denbigh pensioner in hospital has heard a defibrillator used to try and revive him was set at a very low power level.

John Rogers died from a heart attack while being treated at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in March 2015, leading to two nurses being suspended and a serious case review by the Betsi Cadwaladr health board.

Giving evidence on the first day of the hearing in Ruthin, Mr Rogers’ daughter Melissa said she and her mother were told by a cardiac consultant that a defibrillator used on him was set at a power level of just two, rather than 150.

When another nurse on the coronary care ward noticed the error, they changed the machine’s settings to try and resuscitate Mr Rogers. It later emerged that one of the nurses involved had not been properly trained to provide advanced life support.

Ms Rogers told the inquest: ”My family and I are utterly devastated at losing Dad…I thought Dad was in safe hands. But that night it all went wrong.”

The consultant who looked after Mr Rogers, Christopher Bellamy, was told about the defibrillator error by a senior nurse, but not until the day after. He said he was unsure why the matter wasn’t brought to him earlier, but added he told the coroner his concerns the next day, triggering a serious case inquiry by the health board and the inquest.

The hearing is expected to continue for another three days.

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