SYDNEY, N.S. —
It was simply earlier than four a.m. on Feb. 23, 2018, when two nurses, returning to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital after a cigarette break, seen a “brown lump within the walkway” of the hospital’s again car parking zone.
They reported the sighting to hospital safety officers who, after arriving on scene, known as for an ambulance.
“I couldn’t actually inform what it was,” testified licensed sensible nurse Mary Salezman, throughout a provincial court docket trial Tuesday in Sydney.
“All I noticed was a black shadow. I used to be scared to see what it was and Mary simply didn’t have a great feeling about it,” testified registered nurse Amy Susin.
Each nurses have been later decreased to tears in studying what they’d seen was the physique of 79-year-old Colin Francis MacDonald, curled up within the fetal place, who was a affected person on the unit the place each have been working backshift.
On account of the demise, two different nurses have been charged with utilizing a cast doc (verify sheets and nursing move sheets), as if real.
Charged are registered nurse Tammy Mary-Rose Carrigan-Warner, 43, of Sydney River, and Valerie Marie MacGillivary, 48, of Glace Bay, a licensed sensible nurse.
Carrigan-Warner’s trial started Tuesday and is now adjourned till Dec. 11. The trial for MacGillivary is ready for Dec. 16-19.
Prosecutors Rochelle Palmer and Mark Gouthro have known as three Crown witnesses and defence lawyer Joel Pink additionally known as a single witness as the person wouldn’t be out there subsequent week to testify. MacGillivary can also be scheduled to testify for the Crown.
MacDonald had been a affected person on Unit 4C for about three months. The unit is for sufferers who’ve suffered strokes and people with psychological well being issues. MacDonald was awaiting switch to a long-term care facility, as his thoughts was failing him.
Tuesday’s listening to was advised MacDonald had twice packed his luggage and was prepared to maneuver again dwelling and that previous to leaving the unit on the day of his demise, he was described as agitated, confused and thought he was at work.
In response to an agreed assertion of information offered in the course of the listening to, the trigger demise was hypothermia.
Surveillance video from the hospital that was performed in court docket reveals MacDonald leaving the power at 12:35 a.m. by means of an emergency exit door, strolling by means of the hospital’s again entrance and into the car parking zone. His stays have been recovered on a strolling bridge within the rear car parking zone at four a.m.
The unit that housed MacDonald is taken into account a safe website. Whereas guests can enter freely, they have to be set free by a nurse or different workers member. The unit’s two fireplace safety doorways are alarmed within the occasion somebody ought to try to go away with out being seen.
Nevertheless, on the night time MacDonald left the power, the alarms on each doorways weren’t working.
On the morning MacDonald walked away, each Salezman and Susin testified there have been 30 sufferers within the unit which made for a busy shift.
They testified it was Carrigan-Warner who went to the emergency division to determine MacDonald’s stays. Neither witness may recall whether or not Carrigan-Warner or MacGillivary was the shift nurse for MacDonald.
The listening to continues subsequent week.
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