When your doctor isn’t performing CPR, it’s time to do something more important
In a move that may have been a bit harsh, a doctor in the United Kingdom has been accused of using a wheelchair in an attempt to save a drowning man.
The man was rushed to hospital and pronounced dead on arrival, but doctors failed to revive him and took him off life support for hours.
The incident was reported by the Daily Mail newspaper, but was not immediately confirmed.
In the report, a hospital spokeswoman said the woman, who has not been named, was the principal of a mental health hospital.
The report also claimed that the woman was not a licensed medical doctor.
Dr. Joanna Batson, the hospital’s head of clinical services, denied that the hospital had used the wheelchair, saying that it had been a standard part of its care.
“We have never used a wheelchair, not in the past and I can confirm that it is not our practice to use such equipment,” she told the newspaper.
It’s not the first time doctors have been accused for not using a proper wheelchair.
In 2016, a British nurse was found guilty of using her wheelchair for hours, and faced up to three years in prison.
Medical students at the University of Southampton also allegedly used a specialised wheelchair to save patients from a cardiac arrest.
However, this is the first incident involving a professional medical doctor, and not the nurses.
This is the third such incident of a medical doctor using a handicapped wheelchair in the UK.
In 2014, a woman in Nottinghamshire was arrested and charged with failing to revive a man who had been taken to hospital after collapsing.
A doctor at a London hospital was accused of attempting to rescue a man whose body was found in a swimming pool in 2013.
Earlier this year, a man in his 30s died after suffering a heart attack while waiting for a taxi at a railway station in the south of France.
However that case was later dismissed after police claimed the man had no pulse and died due to “internal bleeding”.
In 2016, British doctors were accused of performing CPR on a woman who was about to die from a heart condition.
Doctors in the Netherlands have also been accused in recent years of using an artificial heart, and have faced fines for not providing CPR.
And, in 2018, a New York City man died after being trapped for two hours while waiting to be loaded onto a bus.
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