IG Faults D.C. Paramedic's Response to ‘Acid Reflux’ Case

The patient said he didn't want to go to the hospital, but the report suggests responders should've done more to persuade him to go


 
 

By Andrea Noble, The Washington Times | | Thursday, June 9, 2011


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A D.C. paramedic who told a Northeast man he was likely suffering from acid reflux hours before the man died of a heart attack did not know or follow numerous department protocols — including those specifically outlining the action to take when a patient complains of chest pain, according to a report issued by the city’s Office of the Inspector General.

The report, released June 2, said that the paramedic involved in the 2008 case suggested Edward L. Givens take Pepto-Bismol and that Givens‘ chest pains had not subsided when the emergency crews left his home.

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