MARCO ISLAND — Marco Island city officials are asking the state to investigate a delayed ambulance call earlier this month that ended with an 80-year-old man's death.
The request came after Paul Anderson died when he it took healthcare providers 54 minutes to get an ambulance to NCH Marco Island Urgent Care in order to get him treatment at NCH Downtown, according to reports.
“It’s just a tragic situation that could have been avoided,” Marco Island Fire Chief Murphy said on Thursday.
A report from the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department, which was sent to the State Bureau of EMS, concludes that NCH may have violated its obligations to have an ambulance crew available to transport patients between hospitals and Collier County EMS failed in its duties to respond to 911 calls.
“The overall conclusion of our report is that the system failed to meet the needs of our residents and did not meet the expectations that our residents and businesses should expect,” Murphy wrote.
Although the report was sent as part of an official complaint to the state, Murphy said he wasn’t looking to point fingers.
Given that Marco Island firefighters also responded to the 911 call, the chief said it was necessary to have an outside agency investigate what happened.
The report was also sent to Collier County government, which is responsible for Collier EMS and approving NCH System’s inter-hospital transport services.