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Medics Who Left Dying Patient Under Investigation

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Eight Fire Department employees are on leave after paramedics left a bleeding man who had shot himself in the head.

According to documents, the victim's roommate called 911 at 3:02 a.m. on Wednesday. Paramedics arrived at the scene 6 minutes later and began resuscitation efforts. At 3:48 they were filling out paperwork stating that the 32-year-old's injuries were incompatible with life.

They left the scene but had to return at 5:06 a.m. and transport the victim to the hospital.

A police incident report says that Vanderbilt Hospital instructed the paramedics not to transport the victim initially. A statement from Vanderbilt says they are reviewing their protocol.

Meanwhile, Fire Department Medical Director Corey Slovis said paramedics used a protocol that should only be used for patients with no signs of life.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


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