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IrelandAlmost 1,400 elderly patients left in Dublin emergency departments for more than 24 hours

09:25  12 june  2019
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'Disgrace' as 4,000 elderly wait in A&E for 24 hours

'Disgrace' as 4,000 elderly wait in A&E for 24 hours It is "completely unacceptable" that more than 4,000 people aged over 75 endured waits of more than 24 hours in crowded hospital emergency departments in the first three months of this year, a leading medical consultant has said. 

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Almost 1,400 patients over the age of 75 were forced to wait over 24 hours in Dublin's six emergency departments in the first three months of the year.

A total of 1,397 pensioners were forced to endure a wait of over a day in Dublin's hospitals between January and March this year.

The Mater Hospital had the highest number of patients left waiting in its ED with 418.

This was followed by St Vincent's with 373, Beaumont with 289, Connolly with 139, Tallaght with 117 and St James's Hospital with 61.

The shocking figures were revealed by the HSE in response to a Parliamentary Question from Fianna Fail TD Stephen Donnelly.

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The party’s Spokesperson on Dublin, John Lahart, slammed the numbers as "shameful".

He said: "For even the most fit and able, enduring more than 24 hours on a trolley would be a struggle. Forcing elderly people to tolerate such waits is indefensible.

“These are people who have likely paid tax all their working lives and should be able to expect that if they become unwell or injured in their later years, they can obtain a good standard of public health care in a reasonable timeframe and in an acceptable environment."

Deputy Lahart paid tribute to medical professionals who work in EDs under huge pressure due to a shortage of resources.

He added: "If these are the figures related to some of the country’s most leading hospitals, I dread to imagine what they must be in hospital’s elsewhere nationwide.

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“The lack of bed capacity is the basis of the problems within Ireland’s health system; if the Minister, his Department together with the HSE continue to fail to get a grasp on this then we can sadly expect to see hundreds, if not thousands more vulnerable, elderly patients left to deteriorate in emergency departments."

Almost 1,400 elderly patients left in Dublin emergency departments for more than 24 hours © Twitter/@JohnLahart John Lahart

A spokeswoman for the HSE said the delays were "unacceptable" for elderly patients and apologised for any distress caused.

The number of patients over 75 presenting to Emergency Departments has increased by 5% this year.

The spokeswoman said: "Older patients presenting to ED are twice as likely to be admitted as other patients as they may have a number of underlying complex health issues.

"Over the past two years, following the declaration of CPE as a National Emergency,  all patients deemed to be at risk of the CPE infection are screened in ED to ensure that the risks of cross infection are minimised and there is appropriate detection and management of CPE.

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On arrival patients are assessed by an experienced emergency nurse. This assessment is called streaming The Emergency Department has a team of 24 Consultants, including four dual-trained in Adult The department ’s staff of more than 140 nurses is led by a Head of Nursing, two Consultant

The Emergency Department provides ready access to emergency nursing and medical care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Following treatment in the Emergency Department , most patients are discharged, when appropriate with arrangements to be followed up in a hospital clinic or General

"Older patients are deemed to be at a higher risk of CPE infection and therefore are more likely to be subject to screening.

"As a result they may require isolation facilities. The bed capacity review has highlighted the significant limitations in our current bed stock in terms of isolation facilities and this is a key contributory factor in terms of delay in securing a bed."

The key factors contributing to delays in older patients are the requirement for isolation and the need for multiple inputs to the assessment and care of older patients.

The spokeswoman added: "Pending the development of additional capacity the HSE is implementing a range of initiatives such the Integrated Care of the Older Persons Programme the HSE and the development of Frailty Intervention Teams within Emergency Departments.

"These initiatives are aimed at early intervention and better management of the specific needs of older persons.

"The emerging evidence from a number of our hospitals is that these initiatives are having a positive effect in terms of reduced admissions, shorter lengths of stay and better outcomes for patients.

"It is hoped that the implementation of SlainteCare will enable further expansion of such initiatives."

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