A New York man was found dead in a hospital emergency room after waiting hours to see a doctor.
Jon Verrier, 30, died eight hours after he arrived at Saint Barnabas Hospital in West Bronx after seeking treatment for a rash.
“He was found stiff, blue and cold,” an employee told ABC News. “He died because (there’s) not enough staff to take care of the number of patients we see each day. We need more staff at Saint Barnabas.” Officials said Verrier checked into the ER at 10 p.m. Jan. 19 and was found about 6:40 a.m. the following morning.
A hospital spokesman said Verrier was registered, assessed and told to wait in the ER for a doctor, but he returned for some reason to sit in the waiting room. The spokesman said Verrier’s name was called two or three times but he never answered, and he was apparently still alive when a security guard made a routine check at 2 a.m. to chase away homeless people.
Surveillance video shows Verrier alive and moving at 3:45 a.m., but was found dead three hours later.
According to an in-house review, all guidelines were met by the hospital.
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