‘You can’t wait 16 hours’: Quebec doctor says patient died after lengthy ER wait – CTV

Oct. 24, 2022

A Quebec doctor is sounding the alarm on the “dangerous” wait times plaguing hospital emergency rooms after he said he had a patient die in front of him after the man waited 16 hours to receive urgent care.

Dr. Sébastien Marin is an emergency room doctor at Barrie Memorial Hospital in Ormstown, Que., about 65 kilometres southwest of Montreal.

He said the man in his 70s had suffered an aneurysm and died from a ruptured aorta within minutes of arriving at his hospital. The patient had initially waited 16 hours in another hospital but left after not being able to see a doctor, Marin said.

“Honestly, when we have a patient who walks in alive and just dies in front of us, it’s always frustrating when we can’t do anything. But it’s even more frustrating when we know that the patient did the right thing. He tried to get care somewhere and he just didn’t get it,” Dr. Marin told CTV News on Monday.

Read more: https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/you-can-t-wait-16-hours-quebec-doctor-says-patient-died-after-lengthy-er-wait-1.6122220

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