Coroner finds Dr failed to assist Cardiac victim
If you are a clinic and you don’t have an AED, please get one.
A coroner in Quebec issued a report critical of a physician who failed to assist an elderly patient who collapsed and died of cardiac arrest in a clinic waiting room.
Jean-Jacques Sauvage, 77, died Jan. 11, 2008, in the waiting room of Clinique medicale Viau in St. Leonard, Quebec. An autopsy found that he died of a blood clot blocking an artery. The Montreal Gazette reported that Sauvage had collapsed in the waiting room where a clinic receptionist, apparently not noticing what witnesses said were symptoms of respiratory distress, told him to sit.
Thirty minutes after Sauvage arrived at the clinic, he was found slumped in his seat, and the clinic called 911 for emergency services. According to the coroner’s report, doctor Jacques Chaoulli took Sauvage’s pulse, but did not attempt to revive him — even though the 911 technician was urging both a clinic nurse and Chaoulli to administer CPR.
The clinic did not have an automated external defibrillator (AED) on the premises. A clinic administrator told the Gazette that it now has a defibrillator and its staff is trained in first aid.
Don’t wait for a death to motivate you to get an AED.