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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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