Delayed antibiotic scripts need rethink, says coroner

A coroner has called for a review of the use of delayed antibiotic prescriptions after an inquest into a child’s death from scarlet fever and pneumonia.

WA coroner Barry King made the recommendation in the case of six-year-old Sebastian Keith Parman, who died in 2010 at the Geraldton Regional Hospital following complications from scarlet fever, influenza, pneumonia, empyema and septic shock.  

An ED doctor initially diagnosed a viral illness. She also prescribed penicillin but told the patient’s father to wait and see