Hospi­tal prom­ises changes af­ter death

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton/Province -

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.

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