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"Carol Garcia's attorney filed the paperwork Wednesday. She said she wants justice for her husband's death -- Jim Garcia died after collapsing in the cafeteria at Albuquerque's VA Hospital.

New Mexico VA Health Care System policy required staff to give him CPR and call 911, but they couldn't move him to the Emergency Room.

The ER is in a building that is a short walking distance from where he went down."

Read more: http://www.koat.com/news/veterans-family-sues-albuquerque-va-in-cafeteria-death-case/27234612#ixzz393QsukEp

Cripes they could have put him on a gurney. The ER wasn't that far away.

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The word "common sense" is not in the VA vocabulary.

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Speaking of gurneys...the main steps to the lobby of the Bath VAMC are fairly long.But there is a sloping wheelchair ramp on each side that many use even if the are not wheelchair bound.

An elderly vet had just left the VA one day and a small crowd gathered around him as he apparently had slipped off the steps,.and someone ,probably a nurse ,had told him not to move.

Just as I noticed this, a VA employee pulled a gurney across the lobby and up to the main doors and stood there wondering how he would get it through the double doors and down the steps. It was really a lack of utter common sense.

He could have quickly got it on an elevator right near the lobby and dropped down to the ground level where the ramp is in mere seconds with the gurney............the ER entrance was just a little further away.

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