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Sleeping senior ends up at B.C. morgue Last Updated Mon, 21 Mar 2005 12:03:06 EST CBC News VANCOUVER, CANADA - A sleeping senior at a B.C. extended care facility was sent to a hospital morgue on... Read More

  1. by   RRN
    Quote from mattsmom81
    <Huge sigh> Isn't it a shame...we cannot relax, vent, destress and joke a bit even on our own bulletin board...without having to be 'perfect nurses' and PC about everything....

    Do we all need to preface every comment with a disclaimer? Maybe we need a general BB disclaimer...to ward off the vultures. :stone

    The 'shame based' police are out there...and they are in our own profession in huge numers.
    I believe, I could be wrong, that you are replying to a joke????????
  2. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from RRN
    I believe, I could be wrong, that you are replying to a joke????????

    No, that response was in reference to this thread:

    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...rses+mentioned
  3. by   qje999
    Quote from lisa_22
    Sleeping senior ends up at B.C. morgue
    Last Updated Mon, 21 Mar 2005 12:03:06 EST
    CBC News
    VANCOUVER, CANADA - A sleeping senior at a B.C. extended care facility was sent to a hospital morgue on Saturday, after being mistaken for her dead roommate.

    According to Fraser Health Authority spokesperson Helen Carkner, the mix-up occurred when a driver who works for the company that transports the dead from the facility to the morgue didn't check the woman's wrist band for identification.

    "He was shown by the nurse which room the [deceased] resident was in and the nurse pointed to the resident and gave the name," she told the Vancouver Sun. "She went back to the nursing station to complete the paperwork [and] for whatever reason, he picked the wrong individual."

    The driver left the 87-year-old woman on a gurney in a hospital corridor. The mistake was discovered after a porter saw her move, and an employee at the extended care facility realized the mix-up and called the hospital.

    The woman was taken back to the care facility in an ambulance and is doing fine, said Carkner.

    She said the woman's family was understanding about what happened and satisfied that action was taken.

    The driver, who was recently hired, was immediately fired.
    oh my gosh, that is so sad. the driver should have been trained better to check the arm band.imagine how this poor woman felt. Im glad she is ok.
  4. by   Nursemelo
    I can't beleive this poor lady somehow didn't managed to move or flutter her eyelids or anything. I find dead people look slightly different from sleeping people..... You'd think that if you got transported from your warm bed to outside and got loaded into a van and driven to a morgue you would wake up. But I guess seniors can be sound sleepers. I think it would have been hillarious if she had woken up during the ride and asked the driver, hey where are we going? .....poor lady....
  5. by   UM Review RN
    I can't beleive this poor lady somehow didn't managed to move or flutter her eyelids or anything. I find dead people look slightly different from sleeping people.....
    I remember freaking out the first time I had a patient who slept with her eyes open. And then there are the apneic ones who breathe maybe once every thirty seconds....you shake 'em and wake 'em, and they get mad at you.

    Go figure.
  6. by   fergus51
    Quote from RRN
    Several other urban legends have made the news. Wasn't it CBS news and Dan Rather who used forged documents on some president recently?


    This was CBC (Canadian broadcasting corporation), not CBS. The family was interviewed and the home doesn't deny it happened. This isn't urban legend. Strange definitely, but true nonetheless.
  7. by   Jenny Renn
    Quote from lisa_22
    Sleeping senior ends up at B.C. morgue
    Last Updated Mon, 21 Mar 2005 12:03:06 EST
    CBC News
    VANCOUVER, CANADA - A sleeping senior at a B.C. extended care facility was sent to a hospital morgue on Saturday, after being mistaken for her dead roommate.

    According to Fraser Health Authority spokesperson Helen Carkner, the mix-up occurred when a driver who works for the company that transports the dead from the facility to the morgue didn't check the woman's wrist band for identification.

    "He was shown by the nurse which room the [deceased] resident was in and the nurse pointed to the resident and gave the name," she told the Vancouver Sun. "She went back to the nursing station to complete the paperwork [and] for whatever reason, he picked the wrong individual."

    The driver left the 87-year-old woman on a gurney in a hospital corridor. The mistake was discovered after a porter saw her move, and an employee at the extended care facility realized the mix-up and called the hospital.

    The woman was taken back to the care facility in an ambulance and is doing fine, said Carkner.

    She said the woman's family was understanding about what happened and satisfied that action was taken.

    The driver, who was recently hired, was immediately fired.
    Now that is some story she'll get a few laughs from when she's a granny, or is that great ... granny
    J.R.
  8. by   jolie chatte
    Quote from KRVRN


    YOWSA!

    Now now everyone... what if AJN got ahold of this thread, and quoted it and then we all looked bad! :chuckle

    Oh oh oh this reminds me of something... Has anyone seen that Monty Python movie where there's sickness around and some guys are going through the streets announcing "bring out your dead!" and then there's a little old man being wheeled away who says "but I'm not dead yet!"
    The Quest for the Holy Grail is a classic!

    and this story is unbelievable... really. i dont believe it.
  9. by   Brian
    I just added a link to the original post, here it is as well:

    Link to story: http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/natio...-dead0321.html
  10. by   Fiona59
    Really did happen in beautiful Surrey, BC. Apparently the driver didn't check the woman's wrist band.

    Brings new definition to sleeping like the dead...
  11. by   nursemelly
    I work in med surg in Vancouver and after the family come and say their goodbyes they are bagged. Why wasnt this done in this case ? It would have prevented this error from happening.
  12. by   Papercutz
    Is there no rest for the weary? Can't even get some shuteye when youre 90 without someone carting you off! scaaaaaryyy
  13. by   Fiona59
    In the LTC's I've worked the deceased is usually wrapped in a sheet. I don't remember the bag.

    But hey, it WAS Surrey....

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