AN inquest will be held this morning into the death of a nurse who died of suspected septic shock and a rare, life- threatening skin condition while being treated at University Hospital Galway (UHG).
The married woman was suffering from cervical cancer and had undergone a surgical procedure prior to her death at UHG in June 2012.
The woman was diagnosed with toxic epidermal necrosis (TENs), also known as Stephens Johnson Syndrome, which results in extensive blistering and skin loss akin to scalding which can leave patients exposed to sepsis or infection.
The inquest at Galway courthouse comes a week after a HIQA report into the death of mum-to-be Savita Halappanavar.
Ms Halappanavar was 17 weeks' pregnant when she died as a result of sepsis on October 28, 2012, at UHG following a miscarriage.
The HIQA report found that UHG did not have a hospital-wide guideline in place for the management of sepsis in adult patients and there was no consistent definition of sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock in use across UHG.