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95% increase in 10 year trolley stats

Wednesday, 6th December, 2017 6:03pm

There was mixed results in the latest hospital trolley figures.
There was a six per cent increase on the first eleven month of 2016, and a 95 per cent increase on the first eleven months of 2007 when compared with the first 11 months of 2017.

However the latest figures, for the month of November, confirm a seven per cent reduction when compared to November 2016.

These are the latest Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) Trolley/Ward Watch figures which also revealed that CUH had the second highest number of patients on trolleys, in November with 651. University Hospital Limerick had the highest number at 878.

Across the country, there were 6,212 admitted patients on trolleys, in emergency departments and 2,476 admitted patients, on trolleys/extra beds on inpatient wards. This gives a total of 8,688 admitted patients, without a proper inpatient bed, in November 2017.

INMO view is that placing extra patients, on understaffed inpatient wards, is not an appropriate, or effective, response to the continuing overcrowding crisis. It is of the opinion that overcrowding wards compromises the care of all patients on that ward, as these wards are already short staffed resulting in essential patient care being delayed or left undone.

Overcrowded wards are also contrary to best practice and increase the risk of cross infection between patients, say the INMO.

The ED Taskforce is meeting today at which the INMO say that it will again be seeking confirmation that all hospitals are allowed or resourced to do the following:

• Open all available beds.

• Introduce incentivised recruitment/retention packages to ensure additional nursing staff are employed.

• Ensure senior clinical decision makers are available, between 8am and 10pm, over the seven day cycle.

• Ensure all available resources are provided for community beds/home care packages and community nursing requirements leading to no waiting lists for same.

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