Doctor’s Orders: Dementia Patient Given Sedatives ‘to keep him quiet’ which Caused Him to Fall and Die

ryleyA family is suing the NHS after their father suffered a fatal fall which was caused by nurses giving him an overdose of sedatives to ‘keep him quiet’.

Peter Ryley, 76, who suffered from dementia, died after medical staff gave him four powerful drugs after he became ‘agitated’ in hospital.

Just hours after he was admitted to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham with bowel problems, he fell over and hit his head on the floor of a ward.

An X-ray revealed he had suffered a severe brain haemorrhage and Mr Ryley, who had four children and ten grandchildren, died five days later on January 22.

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The inquest carried out in September 2012 revealed the retired steel worker died from his head injury and a post-mortem examination found he had huge levels of the sedative drugs Lorazepam, Diazepam, Zopiclone and Tramadol in his system.

It also recorded a narrative verdict  – that no single person was responsible – and the Coroner criticised staff for sedating vulnerable patients.


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