Prior to the minor Plaintiff’s birth, the Plaintiff’s mother had agreed to take part in the “SKA Trial” which was a randomised trial to compare two types of cleansing solutions, specifically 10% povodine-iodine solution and 2% chlorhexidine/70% isopropyl alcohol solution to be used for skin cleansing prior to insertion of central lines. Prior to agreeing to take part in the trial, the Plaintiff’s mother was assured that there was no risk involved in the trial and that her baby would not experience any discomfort, side effects, or inconvenience other than that encountered in the normal course of treatment.
The Plaintiff was born on the 19th October, 2012 in good condition. The following day numerous catheters were sited and prior to siting same the Plaintiff’s skin, was cleansed with chlorohexidine pursuant to the SKA Trial. On the morning of the 20th October 2012 the Plaintiff was noted by nursing staff to have a large area of burn on her back, thought to be from a chlorhexidine wipe. Thereafter the Plaintiff was unable to lie on her back and she was required to lie on her side/front with her back exposed. The Plaintiff required daily dressings and suffered from significant pain and required pain relieving medication, including morphine, for several weeks.
The Plaintiff recovered from the burns but has been left with permanent scarring. The Plaintiff was examined by a Plastic Surgeon in the UK who noted that there will be no further significant natural improvement in the appearance of the scarred area and that the scars cannot be improved by either non-surgical or surgical treatment.
The Plaintiff does not, however, suffer from any pain or any other adverse effects of the injury and in general, the Plaintiff had made an extremely good recovery. In all of the circumstances, the settlement achieved was deemed to be a very satisfactory outcome by reference to the fact that the scarring from which the Plaintiff now suffers is barely visible and is not disfiguring.
If you have any further queries, please contact Clare Flavin, Solicitor, in our Medical Negligence Department.
08 August 2016