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    Hospital video of Winnipeg man’s emergency room death in 2008 released

    CHINTA PUXLEY
    WINNIPEG — The Canadian Press
    Published Monday, Aug. 26 2013, 9:31 PM EDT
    Last updated Monday, Aug. 26 2013, 9:34 PM EDT

    An inquest examining the death of a man during a 34-hour wait in a Winnipeg hospital emergency room has seen video of Brian Sinclair’s final hours languishing in a waiting room.

    Surveillance tape from two cameras at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre shows Mr. Sinclair being wheeled to the triage desk by a taxi driver at 2:53 p.m. on Sept. 19, 2008.

    The taxi driver leaves the 45-year-old double-amputee in a lineup at the desk. After less than a minute, Mr. Sinclair is approached by a triage aide, who appears to talk to him and makes notes on a pad of paper. At one point, the aide leans in toward Mr. Sinclair.
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    After about 30 seconds, Mr. Sinclair wheels himself into the waiting room and finds a spot to park in front of the security desk.
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    Sgt. O’Donovan told the inquest that Mr. Sinclair didn’t leave the waiting room from the time he arrived until he was found dead 34 hours later.

    Mr. Sinclair died of a treatable bladder infection caused by a blocked catheter. Manitoba’s chief medical examiner has testified that Mr. Sinclair needed about half an hour of a doctor’s time – to get his catheter changed and antibiotics prescribed to fight infection.

    The video instead shows Mr. Sinclair waiting in the emergency room. He is not seen speaking to a nurse or having his vital signs checked.
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    As his wait surpasses 24 hours, Mr. Sinclair is shown sitting near the waiting room television, his head slumped forward.

    The inquest has heard that Mr. Sinclair vomited on himself during his wait and security footage around 5:50 p.m shows him slumped over in his chair with a silver basin placed on the floor.

    Mr. Sinclair does not appear to move again, Sgt. O’Donovan said.
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    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...ticle13962976/
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