CASE HISTORY - CASE 14

The next case on the list is quite recent; a 71 year old woman, who spent the last two days of her life in hospital having been admitted from a nursing home with diffuse abdominal pain and increasing temperature. Upon admission, she was treated with oral antibiotics, but continued to deteriorate rapidly until suffering a respiratory arrest in the early hours of the morning. In accordance with her own and the family's wishes, resuscitation was not attempted and she died.

The nursing home records show that the patient had been investigated for Multiple Sclerosis but this diagnosis was not confirmed. She had spent the last two years as a full-time resident in the nursing home as the family did not live locally and she found it difficult to manage on her own.