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AMBULANCE

Badly burned 1-year-old denied ambulance

Swedish emergency services are to launch an internal investigation after a one-year-old boy who received second degree burns was denied an ambulance, reported Aftonbladet newspaper.

Badly burned 1-year-old denied ambulance

The boy had spilled a cup of hot tea on himself on Thursday and was burned on his face, neck and trunk. His mother immediately called SOS Alarm, the agency responsible for handling 112 emergency calls and coordinating rescue work. She was told that they should go to the hospital on their own.

The journey to Huddinge Hospital took forty minutes. In Huddinge, the boy’s condition was deemed serious and he was taken by ambulance to Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital.

“What has happened is extremely unfortunate. It appears that we should have sent an ambulance. But I want to review the conversation before I say anything more,” Britt Stålhandske, deputy director of operations at SOS Alarm in Stockholm, told Aftonbladet.

On Sunday, Aftonbladet reported of another incident in Falun in central Sweden involving a one-year-old with blood poisoning and a fever of 39.2 degrees Celsius who was also denied an ambulance. The incident has since been reported to the National Board of Health and Welfare.

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HEART ATTACK

Machine as good as man at CPR: Swedish study

Chest compressions performed by a machine are just as effective at helping heart attack patients as those performed by a human, a Swedish study has found.

Machine as good as man at CPR: Swedish study

The results come from a comparison of 2,500 patients from Sweden, the Netherlands, and England who received assistance with an automated external defibrillator (AED). The patients were then also treated with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), either performed manually or given by a machine.

After observing patients for six months, researchers from Uppsala University determined that both methods were equally effective, Sveriges Radio (SR) reported.

The results mean that county health authorities in Sweden that have equipped ambulances with the compression machines, known as Lucas, should keep the machines in use.

While the professor who led the study, Sten Rubertsson of Uppsala University, cautioned that emergency responders should continue to practice the art of manual CPR, he explained that the machine may be better suited to some situations, such as when an ambulance is transporting a patient at high speed.

“It can be really hard to give manual chest compressions during an ambulance ride because you have to stand in back with the ambulances may be going 100 km/h,” he told SR.

“It’s risky and there have been accidents where ambulance workers have been injured.”

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