July 04, 2014
Veteran Dies In Hospital Cafeteria Waiting For Ambulance To Take Him To ER
Apparently, hospital policy prevented anyone from sending a gurney so he could be wheeled to the next building.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - 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 confirmed Thursday.
Officials at the hospital said 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 said 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. "Our policy is under expedited review," Brown said.
The distance is being reported as 500 yards. But the scale on Google Maps is showing it closer to 600 feet. (Scale is in lower left corner.)
This is what we can expect from government run healthcare.