An elderly man is reportedly fighting for his life after being ramped in an ambulance for four hours at Flinders Medical Centre.

The nurses’ union claimed that while the emergency department was overflowing, the 80-year-old patient suffered a cardiac arrest.

The man was reportedly taken to hospital at 11.30pm on Monday night with abdominal pain.

“After being ramped for four hours, he was finally taken into the emergency department where an ultrasound revealed he was suffering from a life-threatening ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm,” the union said in a statement.

“The man suffered a further two cardiac arrests in the operating theatre and is currently in a critical condition in the hospital’s Intensive and Critical Care Unit.”

Elizabeth Dabars from the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Foundation’s SA branch called the incident absolutely shocking.

“This is exactly what we’ve been warning about; catastrophic events that can and should be avoided,” she said.

“The tragedy with the 80-year-old gentleman who suffered a ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm is it was entirely preventable.

“He needed urgent emergency treatment and instead he was left to wait in an ambulance for so long.”

Flinders Medical Centre.
Flinders Medical Centre. Credit: Hospital Research Foundation

The SA opposition claimed at one point on Monday night, there were 15 emergency calls across Adelaide without an ambulance to respond.

“That is a hugely dangerous situation that ultimately puts lives at risk,” SA Shadow Health Minister Chris Picton said.

SA Ambulance has been contacted for comment.

SA man, 80, reportedly fighting for life after being ramped in ambulance for hours
Source:
Source 1

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here