For the previous few months Chris and Shawna Daken have been preventing for the discharge of their daughter’s hospital data.
Horizon Well being in New Brunswick has now agreed to launch a few of these data – so long as the household agrees to maintain them non-public.
On Feb. 18, 16 year-old Lexi Daken went to the emergency room on the Dr. Edward Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton. She left after ready for eight hours and receiving no psychological well being intervention. She died by suicide per week later.
Chris Daken says the household has been attempting since April to entry her hospital data with little success.
“We thought that it was going to be a easy course of. We adopted the steps that Horizon informed us to request her well being data, however right here we’re, form of pushed right into a nook saying we’ll give them to you below these situations,” Daken mentioned.
“For us as mother and father, it will be good to have some closure on that half.”
After utilizing the method supplied by the well being authority to entry Lexi’s data because the administrator of her property, they’ve lastly agreed to launch the data of her final two visits so long as the household guarantees to not share any of the data.
Horizon says they’re sure by the Private Well being Data Privateness and Entry Act and unable to share the data below another circumstance. Since Lexi was 16 her consent is required to reveal her non-public well being data.
“The affected person data had been launched with the understanding that the data supplied would solely be used for the aim said within the request,” mentioned Margaret Melanson, vice-president of high quality and patient-centred care at Horizon in an electronic mail assertion.
“The laws imposes an ongoing duty upon custodians – on this case, Horizon Well being Community – to guard the privateness of sufferers, even after their dying.”
The data from Lexi’s February 18 go to and February 24, the day she died, are the one ones being launched. However Daken is left questioning why earlier visits aren’t being disclosed, together with a earlier suicide try.
“I query why Lexi’s go to in November together with her first suicide try, why wasn’t that included within the paperwork or the well being data we’ll obtain,” Daken mentioned.
“We strongly consider that that go to performed an important half within the two visits that they shared with us.”
Daken says the household wasn’t planning on releasing the data anyway, however has been pissed off with the method of acquiring the data. He says they’ll doubtless conform to the situations, hoping for some little bit of closure.
“We need to have some closure. We need to see what’s in these data to see what occurred that morning,” Daken mentioned.
“So I’m positive we’ll signal them, however form of towards our will.”
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