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Hospital death probed

LOS ANGELES -- California health regulators have launched a probe into the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center over the treatment of a poison victim who died after efforts to get him enough antidote took too long, a newspaper reported. Donald Taylor, 51, was rushed to the hospital Oct. 1 after eating toxic oleander leaves, but he died an hour after a hospital employee returned from a nearby hospital with antidote, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. Staff had asked a police supervisor at the Office of Public Safety if he would retrieve antidote from the hospital three miles away, but the supervisor refused, the newspaper said. It took a hospital worker 50 minutes to return.

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