Residents demand for answers, action after Moncton Hospital ER waiting room death


Friends of a person who died waiting for care contained in the Moncton Hospital’s ER waiting room this previous week held an illustration Saturday outdoors the constructing, demanding solutions and action.

“I knew him virtually 15 to twenty years and I by no means noticed him not smiling,” mentioned Abdul Khan, president of the Moncton Muslim Association, which helped set up the demonstration. “He was a really candy man, very pleasant, a household individual.”

Khan mentioned he’s solely figuring out the person by his initials M.S. to guard the privateness of his spouse and 5 youngsters.

Khan mentioned M.S. was a former kidney transplant affected person who had a medical process on Monday, with directions to return to the hospital if he felt any again or chest ache.

Khan mentioned M.S. arrived on the Moncton Hospital’s emergency division Tuesday night round 10 p.m.

“He waited there till 3:30 a.m. [Wednesday] when he collapsed and died,” mentioned Khan. “He complained to the workers a number of instances about his ache.”

Khan mentioned one in every of his largest questions was why M.S. needed to wait so lengthy after already being recognized as excessive danger affected person requiring immediate care.

On Wednesday, the Horizon Health Network confirmed a affected person arrived on the Moncton Hospital’s emergency division whereas it was in “a vital overcapacity state” on Tuesday.

Dr. Serge Melanson, the scientific lead with emergency providers at Horizon Health, mentioned the affected person was triaged as a precedence.

“While waiting to be assessed by the doctor, the affected person was being monitored by workers and had some early testing accomplished, nonetheless the affected person’s situation shortly deteriorated,” mentioned Melanson, in a written assertion.

Horizon mentioned a assessment into the incident could be carried out.


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