Judge says monitoring of suicidal patient fell short

A provincial court judge says hospital staff failed to monitor a patient who was severely depressed and committed suicide while in their care.

Shayne Anonson killed himself in Rockyview hospital after being left unattended

A provincial court judge is recommending better communication for health-care professionals when it 
comes to monitoring suicidal patients.

Shayne Anonson of Priddis killed himself in February 2010 in a hospital room at Rockyview General Hospital. 

The 44-year-old man struggled with depression and alcoholism. His wife Terri-Lee  says he was obviously suicidal when she took him to the ER.

Despite that, he was allowed to keep his belt and disposable razors. A transfer belt was also left in his room and Anonson used it to hang himself in the bathroom. 

Records show that before his body was discovered, he had not been checked on by staff for more than 12 hours. 

The fatality inquiry report was released Wednesday.

Since Anonson's death, Rockyview Hospital has developed a program to help medical staff assess suicide risk in patients.