Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Weibo-blogging doctor raises alarm over Beijing hospital ER overcrowding

A Beijing emergency physician has drawn attention to emergency department 'bed block' and overcapacity through the microblogging site Weibo.
In a post of the site this month, the female doctor dubbed "superwoman of the emergency department" said patients using the 120 emergency department service were being diverted from the top  five hospital emergency departments because they had no capacity. She said all five affiliated hospital five hospitals were full due to the emergency department, with beds, equipment or timely ambulance retrieval possible.

Her Weibo post rapidly attracted onlookers, and within a few hours, was forwarded more than 8,000 times and received over 1600 comments. The microblogging  raised doubts among the public: it was asked why hospital emergency departments are advancing technology, and why information can not be shared via technology? It was asked why it is so hard to see an emergency doctor in Beijing, and in an emergency, why is finding a hospital bed a matter of luck?
In response, a Beijing Municipal Health Bureau official said there were plans to build a real-time shared electronic database reflecting hospital bed availability and usage, so the information can guide the emergency centres to dispatch ambulances in a more targeted and more timely way and patients transported to the first available hospital.
  But insiders admitted that construction of this "emergency resource sharing platform" still faces a number of challenges and needs joint efforts of several hospitals.

Read more: China Medical Tribune

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