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

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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