Ambulance rule violation 'costing lives'
21 November 2006, AMSTERDAM – The poor level of cooperation between hospitals and ambulances costs lives according to a recent report.
21 November 2006
AMSTERDAM – The poor level of cooperation between hospitals and ambulances costs lives according to a recent report.
In emergencies, ambulance personnel act at their own discretion, according to a reliable report by the Dutch Healthcare Inspection (IGZ), obtained by Trouw.
The report covers the conclusions of the inspection’s investigation into a lethal incident, newspaper Trouw reported.
In June last year a two-year-old boy died because of the mistake one of the ambulance personnel made. The boy was being transported from the Medical Centre of the University of Groningen (UMCG) to the Midden-Twente hospital in Hengelo.
On the way, one of the nurses in the ambulance administered an antibiotic to the boy via blood infusion, and not through the nose as it should have been administered. At the end of October the nurse received a conditional jail sentence.
Supportive rules for the use of medications and the actions of ambulance personnel are missing, the report says. The inspection does not exclude that another fatal incident may occur.
Even though the research concerning the fatal accident was carried out in Groningen and Drenthe, the problem is not limited to that region.
"This is a national problem," claimed Pieter van Rest, a judicial officer who worked on the ambulance case. Meanwhile, measures are being taken to improve the cooperation between hospitals and ambulance staff.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news