Patient died after 4 p.m. in the emergency room: “The population is at risk”

The case was revealed by Dr Sébastien Marin on Twitter. This doctor affirms that the deceased patient, a man over 70 years old, first returned home, for lack of having seen a doctor, after having spent 16 hours in the emergency room of a first hospital.

The deterioration of his condition forced the man to return to the hospital the next day. This time, he chose to go to Barrie Memorial, the hospital center where Dr. Marin works.

The man would have died about 10 minutes after his arrival, in the middle of the night, at this hospital in Ormstown, south of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.

When I saw him, I immediately thought of a section of the aorta, because he was known for thatsaid Dr. Marin in an interview with Radio-Canada.

Indeed, the septuagenarian had recently suffered an aneurysm, according to his medical file.

This is a case that was escaped by the system first. This is a patient who should not have waited in the emergency room. It was a case that was still quite clear, a case that was dangerousan added Dr Marin.

I see patients dying every day. That’s life, but he shouldn’t die. »

A quote from Dr Sébastien Marin, from Ormstown Hospital

ER overcrowding raises fears of the worst, says doctor

For his part, Dr. Gilbert Boucher, president of ASMUQ, does not mince his words: It is obvious that with emergency room overcrowding, with the number of patients who leave without having seen a doctor, we put the population at risk with circumstances like that.

We are always surprised by this kind of thing.continues Dr. Boucher, alluding to the death of this patient who was not taken care of when his condition required urgent care.

mois, il y a beaucoup de patients qui repartent sans avoir vu de médecin. Nos infirmières au triage font un excellent travail, mais elles aussi sont sous pression”,”text”:”On espère toujours que le système de triage va faire en sorte qu’on ne manquera pas de pathologies comme cela. Malheureusement, depuis cinq, sixmois, il y a beaucoup de patients qui repartent sans avoir vu de médecin. Nos infirmières au triage font un excellent travail, mais elles aussi sont sous pression”}}”>We still hope that the triage system will ensure that we won’t run out of pathologies like that. Unfortunately, for five or six months, there have been many patients who say they have not seen a doctor. Our triage nurses are doing a great job, but they too are under pressurehe added.

Dr. Boucher is worried not only about the risks of “forgetting” a patient because his evaluation was badly carried out, but also about the dangers posed by the deterioration of the state of health of a person forced to reach heures aux urgences”,”text”:”8, 10, 12, 15heures aux urgences”}}”>8, 10, 12, 15 hours in the emergency room.

We put caregivers in unbearable situations. There are no beds, there are no stretchers, the waiting rooms are full; decisions must be made after three to five minute interviews […]. This is where it gets extremely dangerous. »

A quote from Dr. Gilbert Boucher, President of the Association of Emergency Medicine Specialists of Quebec

Still according to Dr. Boucher, a very clear message was sent to those in charge of the health network and to the government: The congestion is terrible, we are out of service, we can no longer serve the population, there are risks for the population.

If this patient had been seen within a reasonable time, we do not say that he would have survived, but he would have had at least a chancehe mentioned again.


At the Ministry of Health, precisely, it is assured that a detailed situation report will be immediately requested from the hospital in question.

The director of communications for the office of the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, also praised by email the Health Plan project of the Coalition avenir Québec.

According to her, this plan propose several solutions to improve the emergency situationespecially with the first-line access window, the hiring and development of doctors and other health professionals [ainsi que] the addition of beds in the network to free up emergencies from minor cases.

Dr. Marin, he does not have too many illusions. Yes, I believe in reform, but it will take a long time. I don’t believe in rapid reform, it won’t happen. It will take years and years; it has to be done right for it to work… Quick fixes that have been tried in the past just don’t work.

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