Newly released emergency dispatch tapes reveal further details about efforts to revive a Vietnam veteran who collapsed with a heart attack in a Veterans Affairs hospital in Albuquerque.
Two calls were made while 71-year-old Jim Napoleon Garcia lay on the floor as an ambulance was called to take him to an emergency room 500 yards away, according to the tapes released Thursday to the Albuquerque Journal.
In the first, a female caller described how the man was unresponsive and bleeding from his mouth and nose. She also expressed her frustration that doctors at a cafeteria table weren't doing more to help.
"We called our rapid response here at the hospital but unfortunately they won't respond to him because he's out of the main medical building," said the caller, whose name was not provided. She added that the man was being hooked up to an emergency defibrillator.
"Paramedics are already on their way out there," the dispatcher told her.
"There's a table of doctors sitting right next to him and none of them are doing s—," the woman continued.http://www.sfgate.com/news/medical/article/NM-delegation-Public-faith-in-VA-is-eroding-5614382.php