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July 03, 2014

Veteran dies 500 yards from ER waiting for ambulance

He collapsed in the hospital cafeteria; staff followed procedure and called 911 but it took an ambulance a half hour to arrive

By EMS1 Staff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Veterans Affairs hospital is reviewing its policy after a veteran who collapsed in the hospital cafeteria died while waiting a half hour for an ambulance to arrive and transport him 500 yards to the ER.

Staff followed procedure and called 911 when he suffered what appeared to be a heart attack, CBN News reports.

The emergency room is located about a four-minute walk away in another building on the hospital compound. The incident has prompted questions as to why the man was not strapped to a gurney and wheeled there. 

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