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20 percent of critically-ill patients in Thailand die in ambulances while being rushed to hospitals

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20 percent of critically-ill patients die in ambulances

 

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BANGKOK: -- Traffic congestion and unintentional blocking of ambulances by motorists were blamed for 20 percent of the deaths of critically ill patients while being rushed to hospitals by ambulances, said Dr Anucha Sethsathien, secretary-general of the National Institute for Emergency Medicines, on Monday.

 

Dr Anucha’s remark was in response to an incident widely shared in the social media in which an ambulance on the way to a hospital was blocked by a pickup truck whose driver also reprimanded the ambulance driver.

 

He admitted that, in many cases, the transport of critically-ill patients to hospitals was delayed by traffic congestion or by motorists who unintentionally or unknowingly blocked the ambulances, resulting in the deaths of 20 percent of the patients.

 

Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/20-percent-critically-ill-patients-die-ambulances/

 

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Just have a look at the way they drive on expressways and how they use the shoulder lanes, no futher comment needed.

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I followed an ambulance with lights and siren blaring last week on the expressway for about 30km.

 

I was wondering why they drove a critically ill patient past at least half a dozen hospitals.

 

But of course, I always get as far out of their way as possible, despite some scepticism.

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10 minutes ago, thedemon said:

I followed an ambulance with lights and siren blaring last week on the expressway for about 30km.

 

I was wondering why they drove a critically ill patient past at least half a dozen hospitals.

 

But of course, I always get as far out of their way as possible, despite some scepticism.

 

Possibly heading for a patient pick up or if one inside to a hospital with specialist equipment for the patient.

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17 minutes ago, overherebc said:

 

Possibly heading for a patient pick up or if one inside to a hospital with specialist equipment for the patient.

 

Yeah probably something like that. But a patient transfer isn't likely to be a critical emergency.

 

And because other road users regularly see that kind of behaviour by ambulances and other emergency vehicles there is a certain amount of "the boy who cried wolf" syndrome. 

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2 minutes ago, thedemon said:

 

Yeah probably something like that. But a patient transfer isn't likely to be a critical emergency.

 

And because other road users regularly see that kind of behaviour by ambulances and other emergency vehicles there is a certain amount of "the boy who cried wolf" syndrome. 

 

That's true. Probably like many here I have moved as much as I can to let any ambulance through and been amazed to see a car or pick up take the space. The only thought I have at the time is I would like to think it's a relative of theirs in the ambulance. Not a nice thought but!!!

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Bit hard to move when in gridlock.

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while traffic congestions sure have a big part in it...

there is plenty horror stories about those critically ill get some help to heaven by the very ones should care for them in the ambulance,  valuables missing.

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2 hours ago, thedemon said:

 

 

I was wondering why they drove a critically ill patient past at least half a dozen hospitals.

 

Because they bring the patients to the hospital which pays the biggest commission. 2 years ago I had a motorbike accident in CM. Instead of bringing me to a government hospital 200m down the road, they first drove me home to pick up my insurance details and then to a private hospital. The hospital charged for cleaning the wounds, some plaster, pain killers, bandages and a 30 second visit from one of their doctors in the ER 4500 Baht. The ambulance drivers only left after they were paid for the "delivery" of me.

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2 hours ago, Enoon said:

 

Seems that I was mistaken. 

 

I thought that they sat there immobilised by obliviousness, indecision, selfishness or stupidity.

 

While the patient in the ambulance died, and the voices in the heads of those of us that have witnessed it screamed "MOVE you stupid ****!!"

 

 

 

Those voices were not in your head only, BKK ambulances really have a speakersystem so they can yell to other drivers by them.

 

I see it often, it doesn't help much though. They have no idea what to do when they hear an ambulance coming, not strange if you only get 5 hours of drivinglessons to get a license.

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2 hours ago, overherebc said:

 

Possibly heading for a patient pick up or if one inside to a hospital with specialist equipment for the patient.

Or the one offering the highest kickback 

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It's a coffin on wheels, until you arrive at the right destination point, ALIVE !

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“…delayed by traffic congestion or by motorists who unintentionally or unknowingly blocked the ambulances, resulting in the deaths of 20 percent of the patients.

Just another example of traffic laws not being enforced. Hit those who interfere with ambulances with a 50,000 baht fine and make it stick. Soon you will see every vehicle scrambling out of the way.

 

Ha, Ha....Only kidding. TIT. Ain't never gonna happen. No way. Walk, run, drive at your own peril and pray that this isn't your unlucky day. 

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The bad traffic doesn't help. People need to be educated to get out of the way for ambos and the like though.

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