Emergency technicians report a death after waiting two hours for INEM in Setúbal

The Syndicate of Pre-Hospital Emergency Technicians (STEPH) returned today to criticize INEM's delays in aid and denounced the case of a man who waited two hours on Monday, in Setúbal, and ended up by dying on the spot.

“From the first call until the arrival of the first emergency medical team, an ambulance, almost two hours passed. […]🇧🇷 If the rescue had been carried out in time, the chances of survival of this 64-year-old man would certainly be much greater,” STEPH president Rui Lázaro said in statements to the Lusa agency.

The situation occurred on Monday, in the parish of São Sebastião, in the municipality and district of Setúbal, with a 64-year-old man, for whom medical assistance was requested, through the 112 emergency line.

The first call was at 10:06 a.m., but it was put on hold and returned at 11:15 a.m., the SETPH president informed, referring that according to the timeline, the ambulance was dispatched at 11:22 a.m. and the Ambulance Team is arrived at the victim at 12:05 p.m.

When the recall was made after the loss of the first, the Instituto Nacional de Emergência Médica (INEM) timeline recorded that "the victim was conscious, breathing, responding, even to touch and pain," he said. out.

“Nearly two hours after the first call, when the first ambulance team arrived on the scene, they checked that the gentleman was already in cardiac arrest. They will have immediately started resuscitation maneuvers, later assisted by an emergency medical vehicle from Setúbal, which also went to the scene and even carried out SAV maneuvers. [Suporte Avançado de Vida]but without success,” said Rui Lázaro, adding that the death was declared instantly at 12:53 p.m.

Lusa requested clarification from INEM on the case of this 64-year-old man, as well as on other situations of delay in the provision of assistance at the national level, still awaiting a response.

This fatal outcome "is already the third case of death of a person waiting for medical assistance", since the summer of this year, revealed the union leader, noting that in addition to Setúbal, the other deaths were one in Lisbon and one in Faro.

The president of STEPH said that he continues to receive several reports of delays in dispatching ambulances to different occurrences, throughout the country, mainly focusing on the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, Algarve and North regions.

In recent days, already during the month of December, there have been "several dozen" complaints, stressed Rui Lázaro, highlighting situations like the one registered in Setúbal as a "great concern".

The STEPH union began to denounce delays in the emergency medical response at the beginning of the year, a situation which “has always been denied” by the INEM board.

“During the summer, we had already received more than 1 reports of delays in assistance, which led us to file a complaint, in particular with the public prosecutor's office, against INEM and its president for these delays. Indeed, the number of complaints received by this trade union association continues to increase. Note also that we have already submitted to the new Minister of Health, to whom we also intend to transmit, by means of a report, this complaint which we has been transmitted, in which it can be verified that a man is indeed dead while waiting for emergency medical teams,” he added.

Rui Lázaro said that, "unfortunately, records" for waiting times have been broken and, of the complaints received last week, "many of them" relate to "situations in which only an available ambulance was found for later send to past location two hours after initial call”.

"In addition to the lack of pre-hospital emergency technicians, which has led to the daily closure of several ambulances, there is also the deterioration of the medical emergency system and the deterioration of the conditions of the INEM, which has been verified in the recent years. “, underlined the trade unionist.

Right now, the medical emergency system is "very close to an effective breakdown", he said, believing that, "when you get to the point where you already have people dying waiting more than two hours for medical assistance, this is a point since immediate intervention by the guardian is required.

The union STEPH will inform the Minister of Health, Manuel Pizarro, of the situation, "asking him to take action and determine the political responsibilities due to the Board of Directors of INEM, which has more than proven that it is unable to continue to lead the institute".


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