New Yorker Dies After Eight-Hour Wait In Emergency Room

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A 30-year-old Bronx man who went into the emergency room for a rash died after waiting more than eight hours to see a doctor.

John Verrier went to St. Barnabas Hospital’s ER last Sunday night at 10 p.m. A security guard found Verrier dead, slumped over in his waiting room chair, at 6:40 a.m. on Monday.

An anonymous hospital worker told ABC News that Verrier was cold, blue, and stiff. He may have been dead several hours before he was discovered.

“There's no policy in place to check the waiting room to see if people waiting to be seen are still there or still alive,” the ER worker said.

He believes Verrier would not have died if St. Barnabas weren’t terribly understaffed.

“I'm saying he died because not enough staff to take care of the number of patients we see each day. We need more staff at St. Barnabas hospital,” he told ABC.

The hospital says, “Per our policy and procedures, security checked on the patient and others. video surveillance confirms that he was still active and moving around as late as 3:45 a-m. An internal review, the spokesman says has concluded that all hospital guidelines were met.”

The ER worker claims that's impossible.

“He was not checked on, that is 100-percent false. Was his name called? Yes, it was 3 times over the P-A system," he said.

"Based on number of people in the waiting room it is impossible to check on each person physically,” he added. “For me it feels like a cover-up.”

He says if the hospital doesn’t assume responsibility, more mistakes will be made.

“In healthcare, I understand it's a business but if people are dying under your watch, something has to be done,” he said.

Sources: Daily Mail, ABC News