An investigation has found that workers at a Perth hospital failed a young girl named Aishwarya Aswath who died while waiting for treatment, failing to offer the support her distraught parents had asked for.
During the Easter weekend, Aishwarya Aswath waited two hours in the emergency department at Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) after presenting with a fever and being triaged in the second-least urgent category.
She was 7 years old.
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After her eyes became cloudy and her hands became cold, Aishwarya’s parents pleaded for her to be examined by doctors.
She died not long after she was discovered.
Aswath & Prasitha – the parents of 7 year old Aishwarya – are 8hrs into a hunger strike outside of Perth Children’s Hospital. It’s been 4 wks since her passing & they still don’t have answers from the health department. #PerthNews@7NewsPerthpic.twitter.com/7XCCAJsq0q
Western Australia’s Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS) investigated the incident, and a report was delivered to Aishwarya’s parents on Wednesday.
According to Health Minister Roger Cook, Aishwarya died of sepsis after contracting a group A streptococcus infection. Cook found the report “confronting and extremely distressing,” saying it was obvious Aishwarya and her parents should have gotten better treatment. He told parliament, “They did not get the help they asked for,”
“I wish to apologise unreservedly for this failure and for the heartbreak and devastation Aishwarya’s death has caused her family and her community.”
The report, according to Cook, contained 11 recommendations, all of which the government decided to enforce at PCH over the next six months.
Improvements to the triage process protocol and personnel education, as well as increased clinical oversight and the creation of a “clear pathway” for parents to escalate their complaints to staff, are among them. A study of staff understanding of culturally and linguistically diverse populations is also recommended in the report, as is the creation of a well-established sepsis identification diagnostic tool.
Hunger Strike: The parents of Aishwarya Aswath, 7, who died after waiting two hours for treatment in the Perth Children’s Hospital, have gone on hunger strike.
Aswath Chavittupara and Prasitha Sasidharan are calling for justice following a month of silence from authorities. pic.twitter.com/f1LZlwanZ8
Aishwarya’s death came after months of complaints about hospital understaffing, care delays, and record ambulance ramping.
On the night in question, four emergency doctors were absent due to illness.
In response to another of the recommendations, Cook has requested an independent investigation into the PCH emergency department. he said, “This independent inquiry will include any matters of specific concern identified by Aishwarya’s family,”
“Perth Children’s Hospital continues to be a leading hospital that performs objectively well against safety and quality measures.”
The coroner is also investigating Aishwarya’s death.
Mr. Cook has apologized on behalf of the state government and the medical community to Aishwarya’s relatives.