Paramedics accused of prematurely declaring woman dead


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Jun 3, 2003
"Paramedics accused of prematurely declaring woman dead"
Paramedics accused of prematurely declaring woman dead
San Francisco Chronicle |
"[Divia Masetti] was discovered Wednesday in her house on Avila Street, caked in dried blood and urine and covered with flies and ants. The neighbor who found her, Anna Iriartborde, said she promptly called 911 at 5:27 p.m. 'I really thought she was dead,' she said. A paramedic, identified by authorities as Paul Jug, and firefighters from a nearby station house who showed up at 5:32 p.m. came to the same conclusion. Authorities said that rather than running an extensive check of vital signs, Jug pronounced Masetti dead at the scene... 'When the investigators were preparing to remove her to the medical examiner's office, she showed signs of life,' said Alan Pringle, chief investigator with the office... paramedics must contact San Francisco General Hospital and run through a checklist of medical signs before deciding not to take patients under age 5 or over 55 to the hospital."

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