Brian Sinclair was calm and showed no distress when a medical clinic doctor diagnosed he needed a urinary catheter change, a doctor testified today at the inquest into Sinclair's death.
Dr. Marnie Waters testified today that Sinclair's bladder was beginning to enlarge with urine when she examined him at the Health Action Centre on Sept. 19, 2008.
Waters said Sinclair told her he hadn't seen any urine go through his urinary catheter into a bag since the previous day.
Waters said that after discussing Sinclair's treatment with a clinic nurse they felt the Health Sciences Centre's emergency department was "the safest and most appropriate place for Brian," because the clinic would close soon, it had no equipment to lift the double amputee, and its laboratory wasn't open to test his urine.
But Waters said while Sinclair's bladder had distended four centimetres above his pubic bone, she did not consider it to be an emergency situation yet because she had previously seen bladders distended 10 centimetres.
Waters said she gave Sinclair a letter to give to HSC saying he had a blocked catheter before they called a cab to take him to the hospital.
Sinclair, 45, died on Sept. 21, 2008, of a treatable bladder infection after waiting untreated for 34 hours at the HSC.
Sinclair, 45, died of a treatable bladder infection on Sept. 22, 2008, after waiting 34 hours in the hospital's emergency waiting room without being seen.