Inquest Hears About Impact Of Patient’s Death

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 14:29



The death of a Key First Nation man has resulted in changes in operations at the Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford.


35-year-old Ivor Dean Brass was a patient at the hospital when he was found hanging from a rope in a garage on the hospital grounds on July 30th, 2007.


His supervisor, Darren Huxley, testified at a coroner’s inquest in Battleford today that as a result of that incident, several changes in procedures have been made or are pending.


For example, Huxley said he now has a written inventory of the tools in his toolbox — not just a visual one.


According to Huxley, the toolbox contains knives.


He also told the inquest the doors to the basement of the garage are now locked up all the time, and one of the bays where materials are stored is also locked and only accessible by staff.


Huxley noted a request has been made to close off a ladder which extends from the machine shop upstairs to the basement.


But Huxley said that hasn’t been done yet because of concerns about safety in case of a fire.


The inquest may be put in the hands of jurors as early as today.