Woman dies in ER without seeing a doctor
The daughter of a 67-year-old woman is planning to sue Pierre-Boucher Hospital in Longueuil after her mother spent 13 hours in the emergency room without being seen by a doctor.
Françoise Parent went to the hospital on July 12 because of pain. She couldn’t say where the pain was but it was so bad that she had to call an ambulance.
Parent was seen by a triage nurse at about 10 AM but she sat in the hospital waiting room until about 5 PM when her blood pressure dropped and the nurse moved her to a stretcher in the ER corridor.
At 11:15 PM her daughter received a phone call saying her mother had died.
The hospital apologized saying they didn’t know what happened because her mother had not been seen by a doctor. In fact, a nurse found Parent dead when she walked by her bed and discovered she was blue.
“The more we send people to emergency rooms because they have nowhere else to go, the more we are going to put pressure on them, and the more accidents are going to occur,” Patients Rights Advocate, Paul Brunet, told CJAD.
“A death like this shouldn’t happen, but it does, and often enough that we see news like this as regular stuff.”
Brunet added the hospital should be offering compensation to the family, so they can avoid legal fees.
Parent's daughter tells the Journal de Montréal that Pierre-Boucher Hospital was the best choice for her mother because she was being treated there for diabetes, chronic kidney failure and anemia.
An autopsy has confirmed that Parent died of a heart attack.
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