ER was short-staffed
WINNIPEG—A Winnipeg hospital emergency room was short-staffed when a man who died during a 34-hour wait came in seeking care.
Susan Alcock told an inquest into the death of Brian Sinclair that the emergency room at Health Sciences Centre was short five nurses in September, 2007.
Alcock noted the reassessment nurse was a position created following the death of another woman in the emergency room in 2003.
Sinclair spoke to a triage aide when he first arrived but died during a subsequent 34-hour wait.
An inquest is examining why the 45-year old double amputee died of a preventable bladder infection without receiving medical care.