August 20, 2022

A person has been left with lifelong scars on his buttocks after a botched NHS surgical procedure brought on horrific burns.

Paul Hickman, 43, from Walsall within the West Midlands, was burned in the course of the routine NHS surgical procedure to enhance circulation in his legs final March.

Through the operation at Russells Corridor Hospital in Dudley, he was given a warmth mattress — which was banned by the hospital after an equivalent incident 5 years earlier.

‘Inappropriate use’ of the mattress and an alcohol answer utilized in preparation for the surgical procedure coming into contact together with his pores and skin brought on the burns. 

After affected by excruciating ache from the surgical procedure, Mr Hickman was informed he had been burnt and would have scars for all times.

When it emerged one other affected person had gone by way of the identical ordeal, he determined to take authorized motion towards the hospital. 

Legal professionals representing Mr Hickman wouldn’t reveal what particular surgical procedure he acquired or his occupation. 

The same case at Maidstone Hospital in Kent in 2014 noticed the hospital charged £180,000 for utilizing a warmth mattress that brought on third diploma burns throughout surgical procedure. 

He said he now sits differently and has to lean to the side now because of the scars, which feel dry and scaly and require him to apply cream

Paul Hickman (proper), 43, from Walsall within the West Midlands, has been left with lifelong scars on his legs buttocks after a botched surgical procedure brought on horrific burns on his bottom (left)

Mr Hickman mentioned: ‘It was a really worrying time and I clearly hoped that the surgical procedure would go effectively. Nonetheless, afterwards I bear in mind simply being in lots of ache.

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‘Once I was informed that I had suffered burns, I used to be shocked and confused. I couldn’t perceive how that had occurred.

‘The ache from the burns and scars I had all down the again of the tops of my legs was insufferable. I used to be in a lot ache and painkillers didn’t actually take the sting off.

‘Whereas the burns are beginning to heal, I nonetheless have lots of marks and scars the place they’ve been and I’ve been informed among the scarring received’t disappear so might be with me for all times.’

He claims he now sits in another way and has to lean to the facet now due to the scars, which really feel dry and scaly and require him to use cream day-after-day. 

After suffering from extreme pain from the surgery, Mr Hickman was told he had been burnt and would have scars for life

After affected by excessive ache from the surgical procedure, Mr Hickman was informed he had been burnt and would have scars for all times

Mr Hickman continued: ‘What makes what occurred to me much more stunning is listening to concerning the earlier incident.

‘I hope that by talking out I will help forestall yet one more comparable incident taking place. This has occurred twice and I don’t need it to occur once more.’

A root trigger evaluation report by Dudley Group NHS Basis Belief, which runs the hospital, classed what occurred to Paul as a ‘main incident’.

The Belief discovered the usage of alcohol-based answer throughout Paul’s preparation for surgical procedure and the ‘inappropriate use’ of a heated mattress in surgical procedure led to his burns.

The report acknowledged: ‘The weird mixture created the perfect circumstances to create a big burn.’

The investigation additionally revealed the usage of heated mattresses was banned following an equivalent incident in 2016.

The report mentioned the incident led to the ‘full stopping’ of heated mattresses being utilized in sure vascular procedures.

Alexandra Roberts, the solicitor at Irwin Mitchell representing Paul, mentioned: ‘The severity of the accidents Paul suffered must be acknowledged, with the Belief itself declaring what occurred as a significant incident.

‘Understandably what occurred to Paul has had a bodily and psychological affect upon him.

‘What is especially worrying is that the accidents he suffered got here after a fellow affected person was injured in an analogous incident and the Belief had taken measures to apparently keep away from a repeat of this taking place.

‘Whereas it’s too late for Paul it’s now very important that classes are discovered from what occurred to Paul and that the Belief ensures its steering is upheld always to keep up affected person security.’

Dudley Group NHS Basis Belief has been approached for remark.