It took several hours to search for a place in hospitals treating patients with COVID-19 for an ambulance driver. Although the bed should be formally available, there was no place for it in any specialist facility on Friday. The sick man died. The spokeswoman for the Masovian Voivode, Ewa Filipowicz, said that there would be inspections in hospitals that refused to admit the man. They were also announced by the National Health Fund.
The deceased for many years was an employee of the Garwolin emergency room. He acted in it as a driver. The 69-year-old was confirmed to be infected with coronavirus and had been in home isolation for several days. – He got sick, he felt bad. An ambulance was called to him on Friday morning. He was taken to the County Hospital in Garwolin – Małgorzata Telmińska, a TVN24 reporter, found out. This hospital is currently a facility with the so-called lowest (first) reference level. – Doctors decided that the patient’s condition is so serious that he should go to a specialist hospital dealing with COVID-19 patients – the reporter added.
“When he needed help himself, unfortunately he did not find it”
A search for a dozen or so hours for a facility that would accept a patient in deteriorating condition began. Krzysztof Żochowski, the director of the Garwolin hospital, refused to talk to TVN24 on Sunday. He told the portal egarwolin.pl, which was the first to describe this case, about the search for a place in infectious diseases hospitals in Siedlce and Warsaw.
– Despite the heroic efforts of the ambulance representatives, Meditrans, who called everyone, and our formal and informal efforts, there was nowhere for this patient. In my opinion, we did everything that our hospital could serve such a patient. Unfortunately, the condition was too serious and certain processes could not be reversed – the director told the egarwolin.pl portal.
The man died before midnight on Friday. – I was talking to the dead man’s daughter. She said: Dad helped others for many years, but when he needed help himself, unfortunately he did not find it – emphasized Telmińska.
The deceased was also the mayor of the village of Miastków Kościelny in the commune of the same name. According to the representatives of the commune, the funeral of the village leader – ambulance driver, will take place on Monday.
There will be checks in hospitals
A spokeswoman for the Masovian Voivode, Ewa Filipowicz, announced that the matter of not admitting an ambulance driver to any of the infectious diseases hospitals would be clarified. It has not confirmed which hospitals it concerns. It is only known that these are the posts in Warsaw and Siedlce.
– The system of coordination in the situation we are in is being refined all the time. There are more hospitalized patients. A physician-coordinator of emergency medical services works around the clock. He intervenes, helps emergency medical teams, because free places are reported by hospitals. Patients should not be left without help – emphasized Filipowicz.
As she added, the National Health Fund also announced inspections in facilities that refused to admit patients.
Free beds only on paper?
The case of the death of the 69-year-old illustrates the problem that paramedics and doctors have been alerting for some time, which is that beds for people suffering from COVID-19 should be available.
Małgorzata Telmińska, received the report of the voivodeship office on the state of vacant beds on Friday afternoon. She received them on Friday after 5 p.m. – In the Mazowieckie voivodship there were 1501 COVID-19 beds prepared, 856 beds were supposed to be occupied. In Warsaw, 695 beds were to be prepared, and 476 beds were occupied. former patient in Warsaw – the reporter established.
– And if it was in a serious condition, there would even be a respirator, because according to this count, out of 67 prepared respirators on paper, 49 were occupied – she added
The voivode’s services argue that there are still places for COVID-19 patients in Mazovian hospitals. 83 hospitals have been designated in the voivodship to care for them, including 23 hospitals on the second level of security and two on the third level. According to data from Sunday, 900 beds out of 1493 are occupied. Thus, almost 600 beds are available, including 34 ventilated ones.
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