Meds tick-box error contributed to former nurse’s death: coroner

The 79-year-old died after receiving the wrong form of verapamil
Sarah Simpkins

An ED registrar’s failure to mark a single tick box led to a medication error that contributed to a patient’s cardiac arrest, a coroner has found.

The patient, a 79-year-old retired nurse, presented to Canberra Hospital ED in August 2019 complaining of breathlessness, according to inquest findings.