Veteran dies waiting for ambulance in VA hospital

Veteran dies waiting for ambulance in VA hospital

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Posted on July 3, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 3 at 12:34 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A veteran who collapsed in an Albuquerque Veteran Affairs hospital cafeteria, 500 yards from the emergency room, died after waiting 30 minutes for an ambulance.
   
Officials at the hospital Thursday confirmed it took a half an hour for the ambulance to be dispatched and take the man from one building to the other, which is about a five minute walk.
   
VA spokeswoman Sonja Brown says Kirtland Air Force Medical Group personnel performed CPR until the ambulance arrived.
   
She says staff followed policy in calling 911 when the man collapsed on Monday.  But she says that policy is under review.
 

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