The woman's family found dead in the emergency department of Lariboisière complains

Almost a month after the death of a patient, which took place on December 17 at the Lariboisière hospital emergency room in Paris, the deceased's family is about to lodge a complaint on Monday 14 January for "culpable homicide". and "incapacity to help a person in danger". Denouncing an "absence of information", the victim's sister and her children now hope to "know the truth," so that "responsibilities are identified," said their lawyer, Me Eddy Anerton, contacted by Le Monde. THOMAS SAMSON / AFP

Almost a month after the death of a patient, which took place on December 17 at the Lariboisière hospital emergency room in Paris, the deceased's family is about to lodge a complaint on Monday 14 January for "culpable homicide". and "incapacity to help a person in danger". Reports to "Lack of information", the victim's sister and her children are hoping now "Knowing the truth", so "Responsibilities are identified", their lawyer said, Mis Eddy Anerton, contacted by The world.

After the death of the patient, 55, two investigations were opened on 18 December. One, judiciary, opened from the Paris parquet "for the search for the causes of death". The other, internal, aimed at "Reconstruct the precise chronology of the facts, know the circumstances and the causes"and whose initial conclusions have been made public by the Paris public health care hospitals (AP-HP). Regarding this relationship, which refers to a series of malfunctions,is Arneton regrets not having done so "Do not allow the family to understand the causes of death", using "An administrative language that tries to mitigate the blame for administration".

Read: Death at Lariboisière Hospital: AP-HP recognizes "a series of malfunctions"

12 hours in the waiting room

What do we know about the victim's care? It is after trying to reach a medical center that the fifty, single and childless, was cared for by a brigade of firefighters in the late afternoon, December 17. Suffering from severe headaches and calf pain from the day before, she is taken to the emergency department of the Lariboisière hospital, one of the largest departments in France, with around 300 patients a day on average.

A doctor gave him a Doliprane, before directing him to a "short circuit" of responsibility

As the protocol requires when it arrives to the emergency room, a card that summarizes the reasons for your visit and allows you to register, is established by a nurse. On the medical record, which The world was informed, it was reported that the patient complains of leg pain. However, there is no mention of his headache. The victim, originally from Martinique and residing in Paris, is then received by a doctor who administers a Doliprane, before sending it to a doctor. "Short circuit" of care. According to the medical staff, considering the state of health of the victim "Among the least serious", only a simple consultation required.

Read: The Paris prosecutor opens an investigation following the unexplained death of a woman in the emergency room

Shortly before 7 pm, a long wait begins. According to a statement by the AP-HP, published the day after the facts, the patient is "Considered to be out"after being called, without success, at 1:20. On the medical record, it is clearly indicated that the victim is "Escaping" which occurs several times a day in hospitals. But an article in the file also reports that she was seen by a caregiver at 2 am, complaining of severe headaches. An essential point that does not appear in the AP-HP report. At six o'clock, she was found dead on a stretcher in the waiting room where she had been filed twelve hours earlier.

"The situation becomes impossible to manage"

"Lack of staff? Overworked service? Incompetence?", questions Mis Arnetton, who regrets it "Incoherencies persist and misunderstandings remain" in this case, stating that the family did not have access to the reports of the two autopsies.

"Clearly, the victim was simply forgotten in the hospital emergency room", concludes Mis Arneton, according to whom "No one can claim that an internal regulation or the minimum rule of an emergency service allows a patient to be able to remain dormant for 12 hours."

Following the events, the first union of AP-HP, the USP-CGT (Union of Public Assistance Union-General Confederation of Labor), denounced "Lack of beds and means" at the Hospital Lariboisière, while the Association of Emergency Physicians of France (AMUF) had "alerted The government "On the situation it becomes impossible to manage" to emergencies in general, which recorded 21 million passes in 2016.

Last summer it was also declared a strike to protest against the deterioration of working conditions. On condition of anonymity, the medical staff was already denouncing world of the "Infinite waiting times". And to tell the story of a patient, a victim of a heart attack in the hall of appearance, who "He could really be dead".

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Cécile Bouanchaud

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