Suicidal man got on QEII roof after long ER wait, mother says | CBC News


Rachel Jones wonders how for much longer she and her son would have waited in a Halifax emergency room if he hadn’t escaped and tried to kill himself. 

Jones took her 24 year-old son to the Queen Elizabeth II Well being Sciences Centre final month as a result of he was depressed, manic and suicidal.

CBC Information just isn’t naming Jones’s son, however his mom is talking on his behalf whereas he recovers.

After they arrived on the hospital, Jones stated she informed triage nurses her son talked about killing himself by leaping off a constructing.

“I assumed that might be straight [forward],” Jones stated in an interview. “Present the physician after which ship it off to the psych staff in order that he does not sit and wait within the ready room with individuals.”

That wasn’t the case. They sat within the ready room for greater than seven hours, Jones stated, earlier than her son requested to go to the lavatory. 

Nova Scotia Well being didn’t reply to questions on protocols round unlocked doorways within the hospital. (Robert Quick/CBC)

When he was out of his mom’s sight he discovered an unlocked door and ultimately made his method to the roof.

Safety discovered Jones’s son, took him into custody and put him in a holding room the place he was held for a number of extra hours.

He did not see a psychiatrist till about 18 hours after they first arrived on the hospital, Jones stated.

“I do not know fairly why we needed to wait that lengthy … I may have misplaced my son and [so would have] his siblings and his father,” she stated. “I do not know the way we might have recovered.”

Downside with the method

Jones, who has labored as a registered nurse since 1994, stated she’s not blaming the employees.

Her drawback, she stated, is with the method.

An emergency division doctor assesses a affected person experiencing a psychological well being disaster after which decides whether or not they should see a crisis-response clinician or a member of the psychiatry staff, in accordance with Nova Scotia Well being.

Jones stated the physicians are so busy {that a} nurse or different medical well being skilled ought to be capable of make referrals to the psychiatric staff to assist individuals to entry care faster.

“It is bureaucratic and it is damaging to the younger individuals, outdated individuals, whoever, who’ve obtained severe psychological well being challenges and so they enter into emerg to attend all that point.”

Decreasing wait occasions

An advocate with the Nova Scotia Faculty of Social Employees agrees physicians should not be the one ones who can assess individuals coming into hospitals with psychological well being points.

“They do not must be accountable for every part,” N Siritsky stated. “This mannequin of psychological well being is predicated on this antiquated, physician-driven pharmaceutical idea.”

Siritsky stated permitting social staff, who’re already in hospitals, to intervene as quickly as a affected person comes into the hospital would relieve the burden on physicians and scale back wait occasions.

“Getting a social employee in there who can do some preliminary evaluation, contribute to a number of the therapy plans in a approach that would assist the supplier when the supplier lastly arrives and reduces the period of time the physician really has to spend with the affected person,” they stated.

N Siritsky with the Nova Scotia Faculty of Social Employees says there are too many limitations to accessing psychological well being care on this province. (CBC)

“The social employee can present a number of the counselling and assist and assets not simply to the person, however probably to the relations or mates who got here with that particular person.”

Siritsky stated modifications like this must be half of a bigger shift within the supply of psychological well being care in Nova Scotia to a collaborative and proactive method to affected person care.

The purpose, Siritsky stated, can be to stop individuals battling psychological well being from ever having to go to the hospital within the first place.

A spokesperson for Nova Scotia Well being stated in an electronic mail Psychological Well being and Addictions Pressing Care Providers noticed a 30 per cent enhance in demand for providers in 2020, and a ten per cent enhance in demand for non-urgent providers.

Questions stay

Rachel Jones stated she nonetheless does not perceive why there was an unlocked door within the QEII emergency room.

“This was a close to miss of nice magnitude and I’m wondering if it is even been talked about there,” she stated. “Are they taking a look at it? Are they reviewing it?”

Nova Scotia Well being say it is will not touch upon particular incidents, however all doorways that result in the rooftop at QEII are locked.

In an electronic mail, a spokesperson stated safety guards examine the doorways a number of occasions a day. 

Jones stated she’s undecided what she’ll do if her son experiences one other psychological well being disaster. She stated the expertise has traumatized her son and leaves her frightened and indignant.

“I am all the time going to have a worry that he is simply going to really feel that he is an issue in society due to the way in which it was dealt with.”

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