Hospital promises changes after death
Health authorities will act on recommendations stemming from the case of a Nova Scotia man who languished for six hours in a Halifax ER hallway while dying from pancreatic cancer.
Dr. Mark Taylor, a medical director with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, said Thursday the final recommendations regarding the treatment of 68-year-old Jack Webb will be provided to his widow.
“I have every confidence the recommendations that come out of this will be implemented and they will lead to positive change,’’ said Taylor in an interview.
Kim D’Arcy has said her husband’s final days in hospital in January included his long wait in ER, having an intravenous that wasn’t functioning left in his arm for hours, being bumped from a room by another dying patient and overhearing a health worker say he shouldn’t be resuscitated if his heart failed.
She said in his final hours before dying on Feb. 1, Webb became so frustrated he gestured at his hospital identification tags and urged her to cut them off and take him home.
After the story was published by The Canadian Press last month, the Liberal minister of health told reporters he’d ask his department and the health authority to look into the case and provide information to the family.