Man Dies After 8 Hours in ER Waiting Room
Jon Verrier was only there for a rash
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 27, 2014 11:50 AM CST
Updated Feb 1, 2014 12:53 PM CST

(Newser) – Jon Verrier came into the emergency room at St. Barnabas Hospital complaining of a rash. Eight hours later he was found "stiff, blue, and cold" in a waiting room chair, having died unnoticed several hours earlier, an emergency room worker told ABC 7. The 30-year-old arrived at the Bronx hospital at 10pm on Jan. 19, and the hospital says his name was called three times between then and 2am. Security footage shows he was alive as late as 3:45am. Finally, at 6:40am, a security guard noticed that Verrier was dead.

The hospital has concluded that "all guidelines were met," a spokesperson says. But the employee has a more harsh assessment: "He died because [of] not enough staff," he said. "For me, it feels like a cover-up." Indeed, Verrier's family didn't know the circumstances of his death until after ABC 7's report aired, the New York Daily News reports. "You're just a number no matter where you go," his brother lamented. "That's how they treated him, like a number." The New York Post adds that Saint Barnabas' emergency room has an average turnaround time of 306 minutes, more than twice the national average. (Click to read about one for-profit hospital chain that's accused of scheming to drive up profits through unnecessary ER admissions.)

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Mar 18, 2014 2:46 PM CDT
Sho do be lovin dat Obammycare. Sho do be. werd.
Mar 12, 2014 6:48 PM CDT
I was supervisor in an emergency waiting/registration room for 21 years and nobody ever die in that area, in the emergency room itself, yes, it happens.
Mar 12, 2014 6:46 PM CDT
Got news for that emergency room waiting room, they need to improve their policies. People go to emergency rooms to live, not to die. Huge neglect lawsuit coming.