By Tony Collins
The Portsmouth News reported yesterday that 77 year-old Joan Dixon died on Ashling ward at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester after a large overdose of heart medication.
Had the proposed dose of medication gone through an e-prescription system would it have sounded an alarm before such an inappropriately large individual dose could be administered?
The Portsmouth News reported that a week-long inquest heard how junior doctor Prashen Pillay prescribed Joan Dixon with Digoxin for an irregular heartbeat.
Dr Pillay had meant to prescribe 250 micrograms of the heart-slowing drug, but instead wrote mg for milligrams.
Dr Pillay, who had been working at the hospital for about eight weeks, said: ‘Somewhere between my brain and my right hand it got turned from micrograms into milligrams.’