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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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A lot of truth in that; the me thing, which is wholly un-Buddhist. See it all the time, not giving way to ambulances. Unfortunately, it's the type of thing that would take generations to change. Big fines and vehicle impoundings are the only way to go... as long as they're not Mercedes. 

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Seems that I was mistaken. 

 

I thought that they sat there immobilised by obliviousness, indecision, selfishness or stupidity.

 

While the patient in the ambulance died, and the voices in the heads of those of us that have witnessed it screamed "MOVE you stupid ****!!"

 

 

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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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An ambulance in a developed country is equipped to the max. The paramedics are very well trained.

 

A Thai ambulance typically has nothing but a stretcher although recently defibrillators have become the toy du jour which the ambulance staff love to use even when completely unnecessary. Effectively it is a taxi to the hospital.

 

Some comparable statistics, independently verified, would be enlightening.

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" unintentional blocking of ambulances by motorists "

 

unintenional? I doubt this

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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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in response to The Demon = this is normal in Thailand that the EMS crews rush to pick up and then transport to their sponsored hospital never mind the ones they pass on the way. Exacerbated by the selfish behaviour of Thai drivers who will not give way to emergency vehicles if it means giving up a space in the road. Callous, uncaring and not Buddhist but TIT and it's not our country - put up or shut up I guess

 

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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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No matter if have a law or not have a law that tells people so move aside for an ambulance. Here are people so ignorant and have so poor driving skills so it´s really unbelievable.
Nothing will change that, more than a total turn in the way of thinking and showing respect to people and human life. Something that´s really lacking here. Just to look at how much changed

in the way of thinking and living in the last 20 years in Thailand. Got the picture already. No need for more. Totally hopeless! Just simple luck that the number is as low as 20 percent. Thought it was much higher.

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