Case of Dying Man Who “Lay Shivering in a Crowded Emergency Room Hallway” Leads to Rewritten Hospital Protocols

October 18, 2017 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​A hospital in Nova Scotia, Canada, has rewritten its waiting time rules and end-of-life protocols following the widely reported story of a dying 68-year-old man with pancreatic cancer who was left in a cold emergency department (ED) hallway for six hours, according to an October 9, 2017, article inCTV. The man was transferred to the hospital in April 2017 from a suburban ED so that he could see an internal medicine specialist, the article said.

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