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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Cumbrian man died after medication change

A Workington man died after he was switched from one drug to another to try to prevent blood clots, an inquest heard.

Maurice Caine, 79, of Newlands Lane South, died on June 17 last year at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

Doctors felt the medication switch was necessary to try to stop the blood clots, despite the known risks.

Mr Caine, a former steelworker, had a history of heart problems, asthma, arthritis and deep vein thrombosis and had poor mobility.

He took a lot of medication to combat those problems, the inquest was told.

He had also been subjected to significant asbestos exposure during his time as a steelworker.

The inquest heard that Mr Caine regularly missed appointments at his GP’s surgery, which meant it was hard to monitor his condition.

Because of that, there had been a build-up of blood in his body.

He was admitted to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle on June 11 when he complained of being short of breath.

He was transferred to the West Cumberland Hospital and blood was drained out of his body. Doctors also tried him on the new medication. Simon Ward, assistant coroner, concluded that Mr Caine died due to complications of administering the drug.

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