Veteran Dies After VA Refuses To Treat Him- Their Reason Is INSANE


A veteran in the throes of intense cardiac arrest, septic shock, pneumonia, and with big, open injuries on his legs was denied emergency medical care at a Florida Veterans Affairs facility because the unconscious man could not prove his military service, according to an oversight investigation. The man, later on, died away at a civilian hospital.

The event occurred in the summertime of 2020, at the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, Fla., according to a May 31 report from the VA’s Office of the Inspector General.

“The OIG determined that facility Emergency Department nurses failed to provide emergency care to a patient who arrived at the facility by ambulance,” wrote oversight official Dr. John Daigh Jr., in the May 31 report. As a result, he added, his office “questioned the Emergency Department nurses’ competence to treat patients seeking emergency care” at the facility.

The occurrence culminated in a tense standoff in between the ambulance personnel and VA staff members in which some Ambulance personnel argued with the VA Emergency room team while other workers stated that the center was not permitted to deny the patient, the report noted.

The episode unfolded when a 60-year-old veteran was found unresponsive by a next-door neighbor, who called an ambulance.

“Upon arrival, the neighbor informed EMS responders that the patient had been recently discharged from the VA hospital,” according to the report. “The patient was in significant distress, had ‘large amounts of swelling and large open wounds on both legs and feet,’ made loud groaning sounds, and withdrew from touch, ‘but did not open [their] eyes or speak,'” according to the report.

The ambulance team identified that the patient– who likewise struggled with diabetes, high blood pressure, and other persistent disorders– required lifesaving care and telephoned the regional VA to report that they were en route to the emergency room.

A number of medical facility team members assembled with a stretcher to receive the ambulance outside the emergency room. But instead of rushing to assist the patient, however, they demanded evidence that the unconscious and desperately ill man was actually a veteran.

The exchange was witnessed by a contracted security guard, according to the report.

“The contract security guard recalled facility staff arguing with the EMS personnel stating that if they could not obtain the patient’s information, and determine veteran status, then they could not take the patient,” the report reads.

One nurse reported that “the patient was moaning constantly and appeared to be in pain.”

The EMS team loaded the unconscious patient back into the ambulance and drove him to a nearby medical facility, sacrificing crucial minutes that could’ve made the difference between the man’s life and death. He passed away at the civilian hospital despite their best efforts to save him.

The death certificate revealed that the cause of death consisted of septic shock, acute onset persistent cardiac arrest, intense pyelonephritis, and pneumonia. All conditions where every second counts.

A representative from the Malcolm Randall VA did not immediately reply to requests for comment.

The report follows current findings that the VA overall has actually been backsliding in efficiency after making improvements from a scandal a decade back, with fresh occurrences including prolonged client wait times and issues about staff member habits.

Issues inside the Department of Veterans Affairs Department were detailed this month in a lengthy semiannual IG report that identified almost $4 billion in losses and issues this year. Examinations led to 104 arrests and more than 500 administrative actions in the very first half of 2022.

Authorities from the VA Sunshine Healthcare Network, which manages the Gainesville health center, composed that they would ask an external evaluation group to examine the occurrence from the summertime of 2020. The examination will identify whether anybody must be fired or disciplined, and will be finished by Sept. 30, authorities composed.

The results of patient satisfaction surveys reveal that since March 9, veterans report general hold-ups in getting immediate care at the Gainseville center. For medical care immediate visits, 57% stated they could be seen immediately. For specialized care, 71% of veterans stated they could be seen rapidly.

H/T Just The News

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