Man dies in ER because of doctor and nurse shortage

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    The only problem is this didn't happen in Canada, or the UK or France, or Australia... it happened here in the US. And problems like this are all too frequent.

    ER Death Points to Growing Wait-Time Problem - ABC News

    With notoriously crowded U.S. emergency rooms, chances are most American families have a story of someone waiting. It could have been half a day for a sore throat or perhaps hours for stitches or a sprained ankle.

    But for 58-year-old Michael Herrara of Dallas help never came. He died of a heart attack last week an estimated 19 hours after he arrived at Parkland Memorial Hospital's emergency room waiting room complaining of severe stomach pains, according to reports from WFAA News in Dallas.
    Members of the Herrera family said they know they aren't alone in facing dangerously long emergency room waiting times in this country.

    Emergency physicians say the problem is getting worse.
    "He's not here because they let him die, pretty much," Edward Marquez, Herrara's nephew, told WFAA.
     
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    Family plans lawsuit for waiting room death - CNN.com

    (CNN) -- The relatives of a woman who died on the floor of a New York hospital say they plan to file a $25 million lawsuit against the city and the facility where Esmin Green died.

    Green's family is also calling for criminal charges against hospital workers, who they say failed to help her and then attempted to cover up the circumstances of her death.
    "My sister was killed twice," said Brenda James, Green's sister. "First, by those who neglected to offer her the needed health care. Secondly, she was killed by those who tried to cover up this criminal action."
    The family has retained a lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, to file the suit.
    Green, a Jamaican immigrant, had been involuntarily admitted to the Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, on June 18 for what the hospital described as "agitation and psychosis."


    Surveillance camera footage captured the mother of six sliding off of a chair and onto the floor of waiting room of the hospital's psychiatric emergency department, where she lay convulsing for more than a hour before anyone helped her.
     
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    Dallas Man Dies After Waiting 15 Hours In ER - cbs11tv.com

    A Dallas man died at Parkland Hospital Saturday after waiting 15 hours in the emergency room for doctors to see him.

    Mike Herrera went to Parkland Friday afternoon. He had been playing golf, but cut his game short because he was having abdominal pain.

    He waited in Parkland's emergency room all night before doctors saw him Saturday morning.

    He began vomiting, and not long after staff had taken him to an examination room Herrera collapsed and died.

    Parkland doctors tried for two hours to revive him, but they couldn't save him.

    Herrera, 58, had a history of health problems, including hernias.

    He was the youngest member of the family that founded the chain of Herrera's Restaurants.

    Now some members of his family want to know why it took so long for doctors to see him at the hospital. "I knew he was gone," said his sister, Becky Marquis. "They kept telling me they were going to try to do everything for him. And I thought, 'Why now? Why didn't they do this yesterday?'"

    Ron Anderson, M.D, is Parkland's CEO. He says doctors are still trying to figure out why Herrera died. "His vitals were normal," Anderson said. "Everything about him indicated he would not have an acute event. So what happened at the end is still a mystery at this point that will be fully investigated."

    Parkland is not the only hospital where a patient has died after a long wait in an emergency room. A Canadian newspaper reports that just last week a man died after waiting 34 hours in a Winnipeg ER.
     
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    We're still better than Canada.
     
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    Yes, the private hospitals that cater to the rich are fabulous.

    Go spend some time in a public hospital where over 60% of the people don't have health insurance then tell me we have a great healthcare system.
     
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    once obama insures the rest of america and all those folks show up at the hospital should be a fun time.....

    lets see....obama will have created an incres in demand when you are already complaining about a shortage in supply....

    ya ....cost should go down and care will go up.....

    obama and his droogies are fucking brilliant.....
     
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    Re:Man dies in ER because of doctor and nurse shortage

    So if we ALREADY have a shortage how are we going to handle the influx of millions more? Do you know one reason why there is a shortage? Tort, doctors and nurses have quite because they are tired of being sued for idiotic things. Tort reform needs to happen.

    What do you propose we do about the nurse and doctor shortage? Have a new law which says that you must become a doctor or nurse in college?
     
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    one reason there is a shortage of nurses is due to union rules that nurses must have a ceratin patient ratio.......just the messenger here passing along a complaint of a union nurse.....
     
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    So what you are saying is you want this kind of care across the board for all of us? I mean hospitals and emergency rooms are understaffed and over worked already. How does this argument support your position for government run health care? This would actually be the antithesis to your argument, more patients, the same or fewer care providers, even longer waits.
    Also, these private hospitals you seem to hate so much, won't change because of any health care bill. They will still cater to the rich, who even with insurance pay much more out of pocket to utilize these facilities, something standard insurance wont cover.
     
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    You moron, we're ALREADY paying for these people. If someone is sick and they go to the hospital and they don't have insurance, they still get cared for! Who do you think pays for that?? WE DO! We're ALREADY paying for the poor to receive medical care.

    But with a government option, these people now have the ability to have PREVENTATIVE care, which will LOWER their overall costs which means OUR overall costs are lowered as well!
     

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