Last week an Illinois woman died from a heart attack after waiting to been seen by a doctor at the emergency room. Here in Connecticut, emergency room doctors believe that it is just a matter of time until such a tragedy occurs in a Connecticut emergency room hospital.
According to the Hartford Courant report: Michael Carius, chairman of the department of emergency room medicine at Norwalk Hospital, does not know of any deaths in Connecticut due to emergency room delay but has witnessed too many close calls. The largest contributing factor to this serious problem appears to be overcrowding. A task force has been established to seek remedies to this serious problem. Until then, sick people arriving at Connecticut emergency rooms may be waiting too long – exposing themselves to greater injury and possible death.