Veteran dies waiting for ambulance in VA hospital

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Posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 8:00 pm | Updated: 10:56 am, Fri Jul 4, 2014.

ALBUQUERQUE — A veteran who collapsed in the cafeteria of Albuquerque’s Veterans Affairs hospital — just 500 yards from the emergency room — died after waiting about 20 minutes for an ambulance, officials confirmed Thursday.

It took 15 to 20 minutes for the ambulance to be dispatched and take the man from one building to the other, which is about a five-minute walk, officials at the hospital said.

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  • eduardo saiz posted at 11:10 am on Fri, Jul 4, 2014.

    ed Saiz Posts: 13

    Professor Marc Landy, With you having attained so much education, you should have chosen your remarks a little better. I am so sorry that you ask us not to "attack the V.A. too harshly" "because it's unfair'; Well I believe that what,s unfair is that our veterans are dying while the people responsible continue to get their bonuses. Our Vietnam veterans got the shaft during and after the war, now that they are older and need our help they continue to get the shaft. On this day in particular, God bless all of our veterans.

  • James Wilson posted at 10:18 am on Fri, Jul 4, 2014.

    Thank you Masked Man Posts: 22

    I know. Let's train medical personnel to act quickly in emergency situations. I believe it's been done elsewhere.

  • Sarah Dolk posted at 10:01 am on Fri, Jul 4, 2014.

    sarijuana Posts: 2

    “I think we have to be careful,” he said. “Let’s not beat up too much on the VA while they are already facing criticism.”

    What? This is a person's life! How can anyone be so cavalier about an unnecessary death?

  • John Slattery posted at 9:10 am on Fri, Jul 4, 2014.

    johnslat Posts: 2

    I'm a former Marine and a Vietnam veteran. I've been enrolled in VA healthcare for over 40 years. It's quite clear that there have been major problems with the VA, mostly administrative ones, and those often caused by the influx of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan needing care, lack of funding, and the "bonus" system that encouraged dishonesty. It's disgraceful that such malfeasance has been going on.

    However, I would also like to say that in my forty years of having been enrolled, my personal experience has been 100% positive. Over the years, in various places, I have received nothing but first-rate, prompt professional care from caring, dedicated, helpful professionals. My treatment, both at the local clinic here in Santa Fe and at the Raymond G. Murphy medical center in Albuquerque, including three surgeries for Agent Orange induced cancer, has always been first-class.

    While reforms are certainly necessary and there has been shameful behavior on the part of some, I think it is important to also remember this: "In 2013, the overall ACSI satisfaction index for VA was 84 for inpatient care and 82 for outpatient care, which compares favorably with the U.S. hospital industry (scores of 80 and 83, respectively). Since 2004, the ACSI survey has consistently shown that Veterans give VA hospitals and clinics a higher customer satisfaction score, on average, than patients give private sector hospitals."

  • Prince Michael Jauregui posted at 6:10 am on Fri, Jul 4, 2014.

    PrinceMichael Posts: 32

    Standard Operating Procedure - FOR DECADES.
    Only now, politicians have a shiny, new band-wagon to ride.


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