GP banned over patient's death following neck injection

A second patient was left with severe, persisting pain after the doctor injected cortisone into his lumbar region, said the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal

A GP has been banned for five years after a patient died and another was left with severe persisting pain after he injected a cortisone and local anaesthetic mix into their spines to treat neck and back pain.

The female patient died of respiratory failure after the GP administered three injections of Depo-Medrol (40 mg x 3) diluted into 6 mml of lignocaine into her cervical spine region in July 2018.

The injections were not guided by imaging.

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