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Sinclair might have waited hours, even if triaged: director

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If Brian Sinclair had not been missed and had been triaged properly he still might have waited hours for treatment.

Dr. Alecs Chochinov, the WRHA's director of the emergency program, said this today at the inquest looking into Sinclair's death.

Chochinov said emergency room patients are ranked on a scale of one to five, with one being the sickest.

He testified that based on what he knows of Sinclair when he was dropped off by a taxi after being referred to the HSC by the Health Action Centre, he likely would have been ranked a three at the highest.

"They are most at risk in our system," Chochinov said.

"They can be in a stretcher for hours or days... (Sinclair) didn't have a serious complaint (when he came in). He is an example of a person put back in the queue in a busy emergency department."

Sinclair, 45, died after waiting 36 hours in the HSC's emergency waiting room on Sept. 19, 2008.

When Sinclair first came in he had a suspected blocked urinary catheter, but 36 hours later he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy found he died of a treatable bladder infection.

Kevin.Rollason@freepress.mb.ca

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