Tuesday, December 30, 2008

What Went Wrong?

A patient in urgent need of intensive care spent six hours in an ambulance looking for an open bed. Twenty-four hospitals rejected him before he was accepted by a twenty-fifth, where he died. But Roselyne Bachelot says that there were 11 beds available in the region, so the problem is not a shortage of personnel or beds. What went wrong then? She has launched an investigation to find out.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

There's a lot of noise about it because it comes after a child's death on Christmas. There, too, there seems to have been a problem - no doctor on call, 30mn for the rapid-response/code blue team to arrive.

As for the 11 beds, they seem to be sprouting like kudzu, at first there were none, then as of yesterday they were announced as 5 at 4pm (the patient was checked in around midnight - I don't see how the numbers could have gone up through the night, as arrival #s tend to go up as night does down).
Regardless, 5, or 11, beds in the entire Ile de France, ie., for an area with how many million people (23?), seems a bit tight to me.
(MYOS, who can"t sign in for some reason)

Anonymous said...

The magic beds interested Rue89. Looking into it, they found, so far,
http://www.rue89.com/2008/12/30/les-11-lits-brandis-par-bachelot-etaient-ils-vraiment-libres
(MYOS)

Anonymous said...

God but this is awful. Sounds like the USofA

Fr. said...

Regardless of the circumstances for this particular case, this story is possible even with free beds, even if it is less likely to occur in the set of circumstances that free beds reflect (and primarily: time constraints on staff).

The media need simple causal chains with simple culprits, but my understanding is that the probability of stupid accidents like this one decreases with staff availability, and hospital resources in general.