According to Cpl. Greg Pask of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP, identity of the suspect cannot be disclosed until charges are approved by the Crown.
The senior woman was a patient at the Cowichan hospital.
The senior woman suffering with dementia resided in a four-bed room with two men in the hospital, where she was assaulted.
“We’re shocked at this incident and we feel horrible,” said Dr. Elin Bjarnason. “All patients in mixed-gender rooms in VIHA (facilities) were reviewed. We’re not waiting to implement new (room) criteria — we’re doing it as of the day this happened. We need to be diligent to minimize mixed-gender rooms.”
According to Vancouver Island Health Authority, the tragic incident has raised demands for a comprehensive island-wide policy review of mixed-gender patient rooms.
In the wake of the incident, policies and procedures on mixed-gender rooms are now being formalized, says VIHA spokeswoman Moira McLean.
“It will also be required that patients in mixed-gender rooms are alert, oriented, mentally competent and have the ability to appropriately vocalize concerns.”
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