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Man found dead after long ER wait

Hospital Safety Insider, January 30, 2014

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 A New York City Hospital answering questions after a 30-year-old man asking to be treated for a rash in the ER died – after apparently sitting for hours and not being checked on by staff.

Jon Verrier was found dead in his chair in the crowded ER waiting room at Saint Barnabas Hospital on the morning of Jan. 19, according to a New York Post article.
 
Security staff found his body more than eight hours after he first arrived. According to reports, between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., his name was called “two or three times” and he did not answer. At 2 a.m., a security guard made a pass through the waiting room to roust the many homeless people who try to sleep there. At 3:45 a staff member said he was seen alive on a security camera, but at 6 a.m. he was dead when his body was found.
 
Patients who check into Saint Barnabas’ ER are usually in for a long haul — the average ER wait times at the hospital are twice the New York state and national averages, reports said.

 



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