Veteran dies in VA hospital cafeteria after waiting 30 minutes for ambulance to take him 500 yards

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A veteran who collapsed on Monday in an Albuquerque Veteran Affairs hospital cafeteria died after waiting 30 minutes for ambulance to take him 500 yards to the emergency room, officials said on Thursday.

Hospital officials said it took half an hour for the ambulance to be dispatched and transport the man from one building to the other, which is only a five minute walk.

Kirtland Air Force Medical Group personnel performed CPR until the ambulance arrived, according to VA spokeswoman Sonja Brown.

Staff followed policy in calling 911.

“Our policy is under expedited review,” Brown said.

The victim’s name has not been released.

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