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Dept. of Veterans Affairs: No wrongdoing in death of veteran at VA Medical Center in Tomah

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Tomah VA Medical Center

TOMAH — A Department of Veterans Affairs investigation has found practitioners acted appropriately when treating a 74-year-old veteran who died at the VA Medical Center in Tomah.

The Daily Herald Media reports ( ) the inspector general found that a doctor failed to diagnose Thomas Patrick Baer’s stroke as he waited in the urgent care clinic, “however, the physician properly considered broad diagnostic possibilities.”

His family waited with him for more than two hours to be seen January 12. He suffered two strokes and wasn’t given anti-clotting medication or a CT scan because the scanner was down.

The VA, the Drug Enforcement Administration and state officials are also investigating since news reports revealed in January that 35-year-old Marine Corps veteran Jason Simcakoski died from mixed drug toxicity as an inpatient last August.

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