Tas hospital death after emergency ‘wait’


The death of a patient who allegedly spent two hours waiting for admission to an emergency room in Tasmania is under investigation.

State Greens said the woman, who died at Royal Hobart Hospital on Tuesday, had been “crawled” – the process of keeping patients in an ambulance before they are admitted to a hospital emergency department.

“We understand that two paramedics were caring for the patient… along with four other patients,” Greens MP Dr Rosalie Woodruff said on Thursday.

“The safety ratio is one paramedic per patient.”

Department of Health Secretary Kathrine Morgan-Wicks said a ‘patient died in the Emergency Medical Unit, located inside the emergency department at Royal Hobart Hospital’ on Tuesday.

“As is the case every time a patient dies in our care, we take this matter very seriously and send our heartfelt condolences to this patient’s family and friends,” she said in a statement. communicated.

“The Royal Hobart Hospital and Ambulance Tasmania will undertake a review to fully understand the circumstances surrounding the patient’s death.

“It is now the coroner’s business and any further comment would be inappropriate.”

The hospital announced Wednesday morning that it had upgraded its COVID-19 management plan to level two, after a spike in cases among patients and staff.

As a result, the health department has urged people to reconsider presenting to the hospital emergency department if their situation is not an emergency.

According to the most recent data from September, 28% of people who presented to the hospital emergency room were seen on time.

Prime Minister Jeremy Rockliff told parliament he recognized the demand problems in Tasmania’s hospitals and said there had been heavy investment in ambulance services.

“We know there can be periods of significant demand. We also understand that community members are concerned about this growing demand,” he said.

In August, a woman in her 60s died after waiting nine hours while hospitalized at Launceston General Hospital in the upstate.

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