The Future Under ObamaCare: Man Found Dead in ER After Waiting Eight Hours for a Doctor

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 at 8:59 am

Another ObamaCare success story. Er, wait…

He walked into Saint Barnabas Hospital asking to be treated for a rash — but more than eight hours later, Jon Verrier was found dead in his chair in the crowded ER waiting room, hospital officials concede.

The 30-year-old amateur artist may have been dead for hours, according to a mortified employee who was there in the Bronx emergency room Monday morning when the corpse was ­finally discovered.

“He was found stiff, blue and cold,” the employee said, speaking to ABC News on condition of anonymity. “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 at the 461-bed facility said Verrier checked into the ER at 10 p.m. Sunday and was found dead at 6:40 the next morning.

Upon his arrival, he was registered, triaged and told to wait to see a doctor, said Saint Barnabas spokesman Steve Clark, adding that Verrier was told to wait inside the ER itself but for some reason returned to the waiting room and took a seat.

Between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., his name was called “two or three times” and he did not answer, Clark said.

At 2 a.m., a security guard made a pass through the waiting room to roust the many homeless people who try to sleep there.

“Nothing was awry — he was moving, he was alive” during that 2 a.m. check, Clark said.

Surveillance video from elsewhere in the hospital recorded Verrier alive and “moving” at 3:45 a.m., Clark said.

“Then after 6, when security did another pass, he was dead,” the hospital spokesman said.

Things will only be getting worse.


3 Responses to “The Future Under ObamaCare: Man Found Dead in ER After Waiting Eight Hours for a Doctor”

  1. Brendon Carr on 27/27/14 at 9:03 am

    I’m more alarmed by the possibility of a rash that will kill a fella in eight hours. Or possibly four, according to that timeline. What kind of rash is that?

  2. Tacitus on 28/28/14 at 9:57 am

    Almost certainly died of meningococcal sepsis. It is one of the few things that will kill a healthy young person in a matter of hours. And as an ER doc, one of the very few things that I genuinely fear. It is rare. It is fatal. And if you do not diagnose it right away, there is no second chance. Often the patient is doomed by the time the rash appears.
    Of course there is also the “signal to noise” problem. In general you should not use the ER as your derm clinic. Somebody should have asked about fever, stiff neck, etc.