Brickbat: Quality Care


A man, who wasn't identified by local media, died after he collapsed in the Albuquerque Veterans Affairs hospital cafeteria and had to wait 30 minutes for an ambulance to arrive. The cafeteria is just 500 yards from the hospital's emergency room, which is where the ambulance took him. Officials say hospital staff followed procedures when they called 911 rather than take the man to the ER themselves.

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  1. When seconds count….

    Also, in the comments, someone played the Bush card and lost, big time:

    Under funded by Republicans. They will send them to war, they just won’t help them if they make it back.

    * * *

    They had a surplus the last 5 years and have not been able to spend all the money so your point is moot. They need to spend the money they have wisely. No additional money is needed until we run out of money. Gee what a concept.

  2. Once again procedures and policy trump common sense.

    1. But without procedures and policy the hospital staff would have to take personal responsibility and use common sense. We can’t have that, now can we?

      1. This is what you get in an environment of over regulation and over litigation with government granted licenses. The only real sin is not following standards of practice. These brave VA heroes followed protocol so they are safe. Had some nurse thrown the patient over their should and tried to carry him to the ER and the patient died they would be held liable. Sad.

    2. “OK, so maybe he is dead, but the important thing is that proper procedures were adhered to!”

  3. In other news, seems that the Seattle city council socialist, whom one would think would be “for the people”, wants to limit Uber and Lyft. Shocking.

    “City Council axes ordinance that capped UberX and Lyft drivers”…..20586101=0

    1. Don’t worry, the police will be able to find an excuse to cap them.

    2. She’s for the people. She wants to empower the people to do whatever she wants.

    3. Well, Kyle’s Mom’s Kshama Sawant’s a bitch, she’s a big fat witch,
      she’s the biggest bitch in the whole wide world,
      she’s a stupid bitch if there ever was a bitch,
      she’s a bitch to all the boys and girls.

  4. If they would have called the Alberqurque cops the whole thing could have been addressed a lot quicker.

    1. They would have given him several conflicting lawful commands, and then beaten him to death for failure to obey. All the while shouting “Stop resisting!”

  5. Thats what happens when you roll with the punches.


    1. Procedures were followed; transportation was called; patients expired.

  7. VA spokeswoman Sonja Brown … says staff followed policy in calling 911 when the man collapsed on Monday. “Our policy is under expedited review,” Brown said.

    You had jolly well better be adhering to the “expedited review” policy, Sonja.

  8. A glimpse of our single-payor future.

    1. With the right people in charge, and adequate funding, everything will be peachy.

  9. Why don’t we hear about this sort of thing happening to officials and well-connected people?

    1. Because the “officials and well-connected people” policies and procedures are being followed.

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