Tragic South Yorkshire baby’s nurses ‘not trained to use monitors’

Summer Hawcroft, a 2 month old baby who died at Barnsley Hospital last year.

Summer Hawcroft, a 2 month old baby who died at Barnsley Hospital last year.

NURSES treating a premature baby who suffered fatal brain damage had special equipment which could have spotted her problems earlier - but it lay unused as they had not been shown how to handle it, an inquest heard.

Tiny Summer Hawcroft was on a ventilator in Barnsley Hospital’s special care baby unit when the tube which helped her breathe became dislodged.

She went into cardiac arrest and was revived but lack of oxygen caused devastating brain damage, leading to her death at 49 days old in Sheffield’s Jessop Wing in June 2011.

 

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