Tired of waiting for the doctor? You’re not alone

Beatrice Vance died of a heart attack. The coroner says waiting in the emergency room helped kill her.

The 49-year-old woman’s chest was tight with pain when she walked into the ER at Vista East Medical Center in Waukegan last July. A blood clot had lodged in her heart.

It was 10:15 p.m. when Vance checked in, a coroner’s report shows. But she was told to wait for a doctor. So she sat and waited. And waited. And then at 12:25 a.m., she collapsed, her heart starved of blood flow.

Doctors rushed to treat her, but she had no pulse. It was too late.

Her wait, the coroner said, lasted two hours and 10 minutes.

Even when the consequences aren’t so tragic, time seems to pass at an excruciatingly slow pace when you’re waiting for medical care……………………………….

Finish reading at: Tired of waiting for the doctor? You’re not alone.

 

posted by Dray Carson

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