The Sacramento, California Veterans Affairs Medical Center has admitted to mistakenly placing a do-not-resuscitate armband on patient Roland Mayo. (USA Today)
The patient’s daughter said that he was hospitalized for a stent replacement in his carotid artery but that complications from previous cancer surgery required a second operation. After that surgery, the patient began vomiting and choking on the vomit.
The VA explained that the arm band did not contribute to a delay in the response of the code team, which attempted to resuscitate the patient within minutes of the code being called.
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