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AMBULANCE

11-year-old Swedish girl denied ambulance

After sustaining an open chest wound of 10cm long while trimming her horse’s mane, Sweden’s emergency response services refused to send an ambulance, suggesting the 11-year-old girl take aspirin instead.

11-year-old Swedish girl denied ambulance

The 11-year-old girl, who was cropping her horse’s mane, accidentally ran into the blades of a dirty pair of scissors as the mare jerked up its head.

The resulting gash to her ribs measured 10cm long, and according to the girl’s mother, was substantially open, reported Sweden’s national newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

The mother phoned SOS Alarm, the government-backed primary emergency response service, and described the child as shaking because she was in so much pain. She requested an ambulance because she did not have immediate access to a car.

The responding nurse refused the dispatch.

Instead she advised the mother to clean the wound, apply pressure and give her daughter aspirin which would give them eight hours to get to the nearest hospital, according to SvD.

It could have led to risk to the girl because emergency treatment was significantly delayed, declared an internal investigation launched by SOS Alarm, which determined the 11-year-old should have received an ambulance with high priority.

The probe also scrutinized the responding nurse’s protocol, concluding that the nurse did not ask sufficient questions regarding the girl’s wound, specifically related to the extent of the injury and amount of bleeding.

In a letter, the child’s mother described her daughter’s jacket as being soaked in a “very nasty blood.”

She said the trip to the hospital was “pure horror” and the first question she received from the hospital staff was “why didn’t you call an ambulance?”

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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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