‘We need Kyran’s Rule for hospitals’
A KINGSCLIFF family is determined to change protocol in NSW hospitals following the death of their six-month-old baby Kyran.
Naomi Day and her husband Grant moved to the Tweed to escape the heartache of their son’s passing, following his treatment at Shoalhaven Hospital in 2013.
Kyran was diagnosed with gastro on the evening of October 19, 2013, but died at Sydney Children’s Hospital from a lack on oxygen to the brain only three days later.
His death was the subject of a recent Coronial inquest, with the findings due to be handed down by the end of the year, because the diagnosis of gastro when he was first admitted was found to be wrong.
He actually had intussusception, which leads to bowel obstruction, which is what the boy’s grandmother, Jane Carritt, said he had. She is also a nurse with 20 years’ experience.
The Health Care Complaints Commission has disciplined nurses and doctors over Kyran’s treatment – with Dr Toby Greenacre cautioned after being found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct over the incident.
Mrs Day has since launched a statewide campaign to prevent such cases in the future.
She’s calling for “Kyran’s Rule” – a three-step protocol for parents to be able to challenge medical treatment and diagnosis through a second opinion.
To invoke the rule, parents could call a doctor or nurse for a second opinion, and if not happy, they could phone a special number for more assistance.
The rule would be the equivalent of a rule already in action in Queensland hospitals, known as Ryan’s Rule – also borne from a hospital tragedy.
“The whole thing is for families and parents to have a voice,” Mrs Day said.
“If you aren’t happy with what’s going on you can get a second opinion, because that’s what didn’t happen with us at Shoalhaven.
“When I had Kyran in my arms and he was floppy and I kept saying something was seriously wrong and nobody listened.
“I don’t want it to be like that for anybody else.”
“I don’t want people just to talk about it; I want it to be everywhere, I want the triage nurse to say this is Kyran’s Rule, I want it to be plastered in every single room, on every single wall,” she said.
Proposed Kyran’s rule
1. Talk to your nurse or doctor about your concerns
2. Talk to the nurse in charge of the shift
3. Phone a special number requesting a special Kyran’s Rule clinical review
Hospital name, patient’s name and bed number