Lawsuit blames hospital staff for failed suicide attempt which left woman with catastrophic brain injury

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Staff at a Calgary hospital failed to adequately monitor a suicidal patient whose failed attempt to take her life caused serious brain damage, a nearly $22-million lawsuit claims.

A statement of claim filed in Calgary Court of Queen’s Bench alleges Jennifer Clarke’s condition, which has left her requiring full-time care, says the Calgary woman should have been on an around-the-clock watch.

It says the half-hour checks (later increased to every 15 minutes) on the 30-year-old woman wasn’t sufficient to prevent her attempting to take her own life.

The claim has been made against Alberta Health Services, one doctor and three nurses.

According to the court document, Clarke was admitted to the south Calgary hospital on July 28, 2019 and kept overnight after attempting to overdose on prescription pills.

The next afternoon she was placed under observation every 30 minutes and the following day that was increased to every 15 minutes.

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