Changes at N.S. hospitals could lead to better outcomes in Cape Breton, experts say – CBC

Region is suffering from a severe shortage of nurses

Jan 20, 2023

The relative of a woman who died shortly after leaving the Cape Breton Regional Hospital emergency department in Sydney, N.S., without being seen says the suite of changes to patient care announced by the provincial government this week will likely help save lives.

Charlene Snow died in December and Katherine Snow says things might have been different — if someone had been in the waiting room to reassess her mother-in-law occasionally.

“Certainly, I feel like if something like this had been in place, Charlene might still be with us. So I hope if this is a successful initiative, then maybe some lives will be saved,” Snow said.

Among the changes proposed by the government is the addition of medical staff — known as care providers — and non-medical patient advocates in waiting rooms.

“It’s definitely a good thing to have people keeping an eye on those folks in the waiting room, especially when their conditions are deteriorating rapidly,” said Snow.

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