Verdict given on Savita Halappanavar's tragic death on 5th wedding anniversary

London, Apr. 20 (ANI): The inquest jury concluded that Savita Halappanavar's death last year in October occurred specifically due to sepsis, e-coli and miscarriage.

The jury heard evidence from Dr Peter Boylan, one of Ireland's leading obstetricians, that it was likely Savita would still be alive had she been given a termination when she and her husband requested one.

The inquest jury made a series of nine recommendations on the day that would have been her fifth wedding anniversary had she been alive, the central one of which was a call for clarity on when doctors can intervene to save the life of an expectant mother "to remove doubt and fear from the doctor and reassure the public," the Independent reported.

The jury's recommendations were:

1. The Medical Council should say exactly when a doctor can intervene to save the life of a mother, which will remove doubt or fear from the doctor and also reassure the public.

2. Blood samples are properly followed up.

3. Protocol in the management of sepsis and guidelines introduced for all medical personal.

4. Proper communication between staff with dedicated handover set aside on change of shift.

5. Protocol for dealing with sepsis to be written by microbiology departments.

6. Modified early warning score charts to be adopted by all staff.

7. Early and effective communication with patients and their relatives when they are being cared for in hospital to ensure treatment plan is understood.

8. Medical notes and nursing notes to be kept separately.

9. No additions or amendments to be made to the medical notes of the dead person who is the subject of an inquiry. (ANI)

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