Eastern Health completes review of death

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Says standard of care was met, but report identifies areas for improvement

Eastern Health

Eastern Health announced today it has completed the quality review of the tragic incident where a patient died as a result of a vehicle-pedestrian accident while being transferred from a facility in Clarenville to St. John’s.

In a press release issued around noon, Eastern Health said the review has determined that the standard of care was met in the assessment and care of the patient based on the policies and procedures in place.

On Sep. 24, Eastern Health issued a statement to confirm that the victim of a fatal vehicle-pedestrian accident in the early hours of that day was a patient of Eastern Health. In the statement, Eastern Health advised that it was looking into the circumstances that occurred prior to and during the transport of the patient.

“This truly was a tragic accident and again I want to offer my condolences to the patient’s family,” said Vickie Kaminski, President and CEO of Eastern Health, in today's press release. “The results of the review have been shared with the family. We are making available our expert support to the family. We are also supporting the employees of Eastern Health who were involved in the patient’s care and those of the private ambulance provider involved in the patient transfer.”

While the review indicated the standard of care was provided, it also identified areas for improvement in its recommendations. These are:

Eastern Health will continue to review its policy on patient transfers between sites within the region with a view to ensure it reflects best practice and incorporates aspects of risk assessment to the transfer of certain clients. Attention will also be given to the type of escort required (health professional, family, or other support person.)

Eastern Health says it will also explore the capacity for a mobile crisis response for the rural areas within Eastern Health.

The organization says no further details of the quality review will be released due to patient privacy issues.

Geographic location: Clarenville

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