Thirty-year-old Jon Verrier checked into St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx with a “rash.” He waited to be seen by a doctor for eight hours, kinda sorta. He didn’t actually see a doctor until he was found dead, his body “stiff, blue and cold” in a chair in the ER waiting room. But that’s not the whole story. He was triaged when he checked in, and was told to stay there, but left the triage area, according to the hospital, and instead sat in the waiting room outside…OR IBD has another story saying he was instructed to wait in the waiting room. Verrier checked in at 10 p.m. Sunday, and was found dead at 6:40 a.m. Monday, January 20th.
“He died because [there’s] not enough staff to take care of the number of patients we see each day. We need more staff at Saint Barnabas.”…
Between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., his name was called “two or three times” and he did not answer, Clark said.
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.
“Nothing was awry — he was moving, he was alive” during that 2 a.m. check, Clark said.
Surveillance video from elsewhere in the hospital recorded Verrier alive and “moving” at 3:45 a.m., Clark said.
“Then after 6, when security did another pass, he was dead,” the hospital spokesman said.
“His name was called several times on several occasions, and he did not respond,” Clark added, stressing that an in-house review found “all guidelines were met.” Source: New York Post
The average wait for ER services at St. Barnabas is 306 minutes to be treated and released. If you are seriously injured or in great pain, the average wait time is 112 minutes. Both stats are far above the state average.
Verrier had a history of drug abuse but his family said he has been clean “for months.”
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