A health trust has admitted breaching health and safety rules at Swindon Crown Court after a new mother, and nurse, died due to a drug error at the hospital where she worked.
The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust pleaded guilty to breaches which led to the death of Mayra Cabrera.
The 30-year-old theatre nurse arrived at Great Western Hospital in Swindon where she worked, to give birth to her son Zac on 11 May 2004. But during her treatment a nurse incorrectly linked the epidural anaesthetic Bupivacaine to an intravenous drip attached to her arm.
The drip was intended to raise Mrs Cabrera’s blood pressure, but instead she died within minutes from a heart attack caused by Bupivacaine toxicity.
During the hearing the trust pleaded guilty to an offence under section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. The charge related to “risks arising from the storage of drugs and drugs errors”.
The case was adjourned for sentence at Swindon Crown Court at a date to be fixed.
An inquest in February 2008 held at Trowbridge, Wiltshire, ruled that Mrs Cabrera was unlawfully killed. It recorded negligent storage of Bupivacaine as a reason for her death.
The inquest heard drug storage in the delivery suites was “chaotic”.