Elderly man, aged 93, died from a broken leg after six hours waiting for an ambulance

In Portugal, if you don’t die from the operation, you die from waiting.
This is so sad, Portugal is a diabolical country to live in.

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IGAS opens investigation into the death of an elderly man at Beatriz Ângelo Hospital

The Loures Hospital has also opened an “urgent” investigation into the death of a 93-year-old man. The user was admitted with a fractured femoral neck,

but ended up dying while waiting for an ambulance to transfer him to Santa Maria Hospital.

The General Inspection of Health Activities (IGAS) decided to investigate, together with the Health Regulatory Authority (ERS), the death of an elderly man in a corridor of the Beatriz Ângelo Hospital, in Loures, the institution announced.

“Considering that the IGAS decided to open a process of clarification to assess the need to develop another type of inspection action, and that the Health Regulatory Authority, within the framework of its powers, is also investigating the situation through a process of evaluation, these two bodies decided to cooperate in order to obtain all the necessary clarifications in a complementary manner,” said the IGAS in a statement.

In the release, the General Inspectorate acknowledged that it had learned of the case through the media, and took note of the announcement of an “urgent investigation process” by the board of directors of the hospital unit in question.

The 93-year-old man was admitted to the emergency room of the Beatriz Ângelo Hospital at 1 p.m. on Monday with a broken leg, and ended up dying after more than five hours of waiting in the hospital corridor, according to what he told Lusa agency the Camarate fire commander, Luís Martins.

The man had a broken hip and spent nearly six hours on a stretcher in a Camarate Volunteer Fire Department ambulance waiting to be transported to Santa Maria Hospital, in the neighboring municipality of Lisbon.

The commander of the company, Luís Martins, told Lusa that it was a fractured leg and that the firefighters, upon learning that the patient would have to be taken to Santa Maria,

were ready to transport him, but they did not get permission and continued to wait.

In a statement, the Board of Directors of the Hospital Beatriz Ângelo confirmed and lamented the death that occurred on Monday of a 93-year-old male user.

“Although the preliminary assessment did not allow establishing any relationship between the length of stay in the emergency room, the assistance provided and the outcome that occurred, the Board of Directors decided to open an investigation process on an urgent basis to fully investigate the facts,” is mentioned in the note.

Speaking to the Lusa agency, Commander Luís Martins said that on Monday at 12:15 pm, the Camarate Volunteer Firefighters were called to the Casa de Santa Maria, in Camarate, to help the elderly man who had suffered a fall.

At around 1 pm, the patient was admitted to the Beatriz Ângelo Hospital, where the firefighters were confronted with a “chaotic scene”.

The clinical assessment was carried out on the firefighters’ stretcher because “there were no stretchers in the hospital”. X-rays were taken, which revealed a fracture of the neck of the femur, and the leg was stabilized with traction, said Luís Martins, noting that “the case was serious”.

After waiting in the hospital corridor for more than five hours, the elderly man’s clinical condition deteriorated and he ended up dying,

At about 6:30 p.m., the commander said that he hoped that the investigation of this death would be quick.

Luís Martins also argued that the Public Prosecutor’s Office must pay attention to these cases, since the “chaos” at the Loures hospital, with long waiting times and no stretchers available, is “a recurring situation”.

According to RTP3, at the Beatriz Ângelo Hospital, there were 22 ambulances with patients waiting to be treated or transferred to other hospitals during the day on Monday.

According to the waiting time portal of the National Health Service (SNS), the Loures Health Unit (Lisbon District) recorded a waiting time of 4:50 minutes at 1:00 pm for the 33 users of the General Emergency with the Urgent category (yellow bracelet), followed by 49 minutes for nine less urgent patients (green bracelet) and 25 minutes for the Very Urgent (orange bracelet) and Non Urgent (blue bracelet) categories, both with one user.

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A country where criminals and the powerful are systematically protected to the detriment of victims and its citizens is the definition of a dictatorship, which is why Portugal should leave the EU.


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