Questions over first aid given to choking woman

Longton Nursing and Residential Home on Marsh Lane in Longton
Longton Nursing and Residential Home on Marsh Lane in Longton
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Concerns that nurses didn’t carry out first aid procedures when an elderly woman choked have been raised at an inquest into her death.

Mavis Clarkson, 78, who was left disabled and partially sighted following a stroke, died two days after an incident on July 25 at Longton Nursing Home in Marsh Lane.

Staff nurses Suja Jojo and Sini Joyce were in the main dining room dispensing medicine when Miss Jojo heard Mrs Clarkson begin to choke on her roast lamb dinner, which had not been cut up for her as her condition required.

At Preston Coroner’s Court yesterday, both nurses said Miss Jojo ran to get help from the matron while Mrs Joyce administered backslaps. But in a statement written by Mrs Joyce the day after, she said it was Miss Jojo who gave the backslaps. A record kept by matron Brenda Heaton made no reference to backslaps.

Mrs Joyce said: “I was rushing and not very good at English. I did the backslaps, but by accident I put that Suja did them.”

The statement was later corrected by Mrs Joyce, who also said the Heimlich manoeuvre wasn’t attempted because Mrs Clarkson wasn’t able to stand.

Mrs Clarkson’s family Barrister Mr Mainwaring said: “The family is concerned that no backslaps were done.”

Concerns were also raised that the home’s suction machine didn’t have a long enough cable to reach the floor where Mrs Clarkson was laid for CPR, and questions were raised about staff training.

Kim Truscott, area manager for MPS Care, which owns the home, said evidence of all internal and external training was checked, and entered on to a matrix, and that the company “pay for courses staff say they want to go on.”

The inquest proceeds.