Death by anaphylactic shock in an institution: an accident or negligence?

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Serval ID
serval:BIB_BA75FF856808
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Publication sub-type
Case report (case report): feedback on an observation with a short commentary.
Collection
Publications
Title
Death by anaphylactic shock in an institution: an accident or negligence?
Journal
International journal of legal medicine
Author(s)
Burkhardt S., Genet P., Sabatasso S., La Harpe R.
ISSN
1437-1596 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
0937-9827
Publication state
Published
Issued date
03/2019
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
133
Number
2
Pages
561-564
Language
english
Notes
Publication types: Journal Article
Publication Status: ppublish
Abstract
This is a description of a man, institutionalised for learning difficulties, known to have an allergy to seafood. After eating a pie, the patient quickly developed dyspnoea and vomiting. The staff at the institution administered epinephrine and called the emergency services. Despite cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the patient died shortly after being admitted to the emergency department of the University Hospitals of Geneva. In the light of the circumstances of the death and of a discrepancy between the information given to the police by the staff at the institution looking after the patient on the one hand, and the preliminary elements of the investigation on the other hand, it was suspected that there was failure in care of the patient and our institute was asked to carry out an autopsy. Basing on all the investigations carried out, the cause of death was anaphylactic reaction following the ingestion of seafood, contrary to what had been alleged by the staff at the home.
Keywords
Anaphylaxis, Death, Seafood
Pubmed
Web of science
Create date
14/09/2018 12:06
Last modification date
20/08/2019 16:28
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