More Ambulances to be Added to Meet City Standards
The city is planning to add more ambulances in operation in Nanshan to help relieve the shortage of ambulances in hospitals. The decision was made after a patient passed away after being delayed treatment in the hospital as they waiting for an available ambulance. Based on a report of the Shenzhen Emergency Response Center reported that there are only six ambulances in rotation 24 hours a day in Nanshan.
The patient came from Shenzhen Polytechnic collapsed last Wednesday after playing in a basketball match, yet he was not rushed to the nearest hospital since there were no ambulance available, this prompted the emergency response center to allow the ambulance from the Shenzhen Eye Hospitals to pick the patient up but it took them more than 40 minutes to reach the school due to the traffic congestion in Beihuan Boulevard.
The student from Shenzhen Polytechnic collapsed at around 5:49 p.m. Wednesday during a basketball match, yet ambulances at the nearest hospitals — Xili People’s Hospital and Nanshan People’s Hospital — were all on duty. With no other choice, the center arranged for an ambulance from Shenzhen Eye Hospital, which arrived at 6:28 p.m., 38 minutes after the first call, because of traffic jam on Beihuan Boulevard. The city said the shortage of emergency responders is due to the lack of promotions, low pay and a limited employment quota, while other hospitals find it hard ti hire and retain emergency responders because of the heavy work load and psychological pressure.
Other emergency responders wee paid less that other medical workers and since emergency first aid services are not considered as profitable by hospitals. A survey was made and showed the slow drain of emergency responders was at 25 percent in public hospitals and almost 50 percent in private hospitals.
To meet the standards the city needs to add around 160 ambulances or at least one ambulance per 50,000 residents. Some hospitals are also holding back in upgrading their ambulances due to costs since it costs about 400 yuan a patient per trip, and the patient is only paying 100 yuan while the rest of the amount is shouldered by the hospitals.