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Nurse tells inquiry check on man waiting in Winnipeg ER didn't seem urgent

Brian Sinclair (top right in wheelchair) is shown in a screengrab from surveillance footage of his time at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre in September, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
January 06, 2014 - 8:34 AM

WINNIPEG - A nurse working in the Winnipeg emergency room where a man died during a 34-hour wait says he was asked by a junior nurse to check on the double amputee.

But Rob Malo told an inquest into Brian Sinclair's death that it didn't seem urgent.

He says he looked into the waiting room but didn't see any commotion or activity around anyone.

It was only after Sinclair was discovered dead that Malo says he realized the 45-year-old had been in the ER for two days.

Sinclair went to the Health Sciences Centre in September 2008 after he hadn't urinated for 24 hours.

He died of a treatable bladder infection while waiting for medical care.

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