Patient’s death could have been prevented if doctor used pneumonia risk tool: coroner

The GP locum was not aware of the tool for assessing risk when treating the 60-year-old woman in ED, an inquest heard.
Mount Barker Hospital in Adelaide, SA. Photo: Newspix.

A woman with community-acquired pneumonia may not have died if a GP locum had calculated her risk of ICU admission or death when she presented to ED, a coroner has found.

Lynne Patricia Fisher, 60, died from sepsis a little over 24 hours after she was discharged from the Mount Barker District Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital in Adelaide in September 2018.