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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Audit cites California VA hospital's 'confusion' in patient's death

WASHINGTON An erroneous wristband placed on a 65-year-old Vietnam veteran caused a "delay in life-saving intervention" at the Mather VA facility in Sacramento, Calif., federal investigators say in a new report prompted by the patient's death under questionable circumstances last October. The wristband incorrectly identified patient Roland Mayo as having given a "Do Not Resuscitate" order, also known as a DNR. The resulting "confusion" about Mayo's status "delayed chest compressions, defibrillation pad placement and medications" when he went into cardiac arrest, investigators with the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector...