Flowers for King cause asthma attack

At least one patient suffered an acute asthma attack at a Jönköping hospital after the facility made an exception to its rule banning flowers for a visit by King Carl XVI Gustaf.

Flowers for King cause asthma attack

Ryhov County Hospital’s entrance was decorated with lilies for several days for the king’s visit to present an award to the children and youth medical clinic, reported on Tuesday.

“It is clear that we should not aggravate our patients’ allergies,” care administrative director Margaretha Strömberg told Jnytt. “We have a strict policy that says we should not have flowers in the hospital. We made an exception when the king came because we thought it would be nice.”

A florist in Jönköping was responsible for the floral arrangements and it was believed that the lilies would be removed immediately after the king’s visit. According to Strömberg, there was miscommunication regarding who would remove them, Jnytt reported.

“Something went wrong,” said Strömberg. “We borrowed the vases from them, so we thought that they would pick them up.”

In addition to the health dangers from the allergy risk, there were also complaints that the king’s car and security company Securitas had parked in a way that blocked disabled parking spaces, Jnytt reported.

“That is not true. The other part was available,” said Strömberg. “It was only a small part of the disabled parking spaces that were reserved and it was related to security. There was no problem with parking in handicapped spaces and we had available parking in visitor parking. Some people are complaining because if you were against the visit, you would be annoyed by everything.”

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Pregnant woman died in overcrowded hospital

A Swedish hospital pressured by a lack of beds and staff coupled with a winter increase in patients has reported itself to the healthcare watchdog after a pregnant woman died in its emergency room.

Pregnant woman died in overcrowded hospital
File photo of a pregnant woman not connected to the story. Photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT

The woman complained of headache and vomiting when she visited Mölndal Hospital in western Sweden in December, reports broadcaster SVT. It was decided to let her undergo a brain scan, but because of a lack of beds in the neurology ward she had to stay in the emergency room overnight.

During the night her condition deteriorated. She was taken to the neurology ward for emergency surgery, but her life could not be saved. The hospital filed a so-called 'Lex Maria' report to the healthcare watchdog, the Health and Social Care Inspectorate, suggesting overcrowding may have been to blame.

“Inadequate level of care, possible shortcomings in the transmission of information and delayed transport could be a contributory factor to the tragic course of events,” SVT, which does not state how far ahead the woman was in her pregnancy, quoted it as saying.

The hospital does not wish to comment during the ongoing investigation, but several staff members have voiced concern over a lack of beds in non-emergency departments at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital, of which Mölndal Hospital is part.

“Patients who really need care in the other wards end up staying in the emergency room. The staff then have to try to care for them there, while caring for a continuous stream of new patients,” Karin Frank, the healthcare union representative at Mölndal Hospital, told SVT.

The Local has previously reported on other incidents of overcrowding at Swedish hospitals. In December, three families from Uppland county had to travel to Finland to give birth because there was no room for them and their specific needs in the neonatal unit of Uppsala University Hospital.

Last year a baby died when a heavily pregnant woman was turned away from an overcrowded hospital in the south of the country, while in a high-profile case in 2014, a Swedish man had to help his fiancée give birth to their baby in the back of a taxi because the family was turned away by a midwife, who said there wasn't a hospital bed available for them in all of Stockholm.