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Patients 'choked on hospital soft food' say NHS Improvement

Patients 'choked on hospital soft food' say NHS Improvement

Two patients are reported to have died and five more came to “significant harm” after people with swallowing difficulties were given inappropriate food, according to NHS Improvement.

The regulator received reports of hash browns, mince and sponge cake being fed to patients in England who were supposed to be on liquidised food.

Hundreds of choking or coughing incidents also occurred from 2015-17.

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St Michael's Homes embrace Dechoker

St Michael's Homes embrace Dechoker

Earlier this week, the care team a St Michael’s Homes in Brentwood undertook their Dechoker training in the gorgeous setting of Dudbrook Hall.

The building dates back to the 1602 and now provides nursing and residential care for over 40 residents including those with dementia.

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Care Home Fined £75,000 over choking death

Care Home Fined £75,000 over choking death

A care home in County Down has been fined £75,000 for a health and safety breach which resulted in a resident choking to death on a piece of orange.

Mervyn Patterson lived at Seeconnell Village Residential Home, Castlewellan, when he died in March 2014. He had learning difficulties and severe autism, and his swallow function was limited.

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4 Lives In 4 Months - Dechoker prevents 2 choking deaths in 24 hours

4 Lives In 4 Months - Dechoker prevents 2 choking deaths in 24 hours

Coming within just a few months of reporting both our first and second UK lives saved, Dechoker devices are called on twice in 24 hours preventing two fewer choking deaths this year.

Both cases involved food which, as we’ve posted before, is responsible for 85% of choking deaths in England & Wales.

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Coroner calls on CQC to examine care staff training in wake of choking death

Coroner calls on CQC to examine care staff training in wake of choking death

A SENIOR CORONER has written to the both the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Department of Health (DoH) raising his concerns about the lack of any formal First Aid training requirements for care staff in the sector.

Dr. Peter Dean, the senior coroner for Suffolk, took the decision to publish his concerns in a ‘Regulation 28’ report which is designed to prevent future deaths. His comments were made after he held an inquest into the death of 55 year old care home resident Ashley Notson, who died after choking on a piece of meat in a unnamed care home.

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Six Care & Nursing Home residents choke to death every month

Six Care & Nursing Home residents choke to death every month

Last year we established that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are not able to report on the number of choking incidents or deaths that occur across any of the areas that they are responsible for.

Dechoker UK commissioned the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to  look at the number of recorded deaths in England & Wales where ‘choking’ was recorded on the Death Certificate and also the place of their recorded death.

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