It’s about our safety

It’s about our safety
It’s about our safety

In the emergency room at HFR Fribourg, on average one patient with a stroke is treated every day by a multidisciplinary team. This is a minimum for safety and quality of care while guaranteeing the best chances of recovery. If this number of stroke cases were to decrease due to dispersion to other sites, the experience of the teams would be reduced and the care of all these patients would be jeopardized.

It is not enough to write “Emergency” and open 24/7 to guarantee patient safety. An anesthesia department and an operating theater must be accessible at all times: availability of the surgeon, an assistant doctor, a doctor anesthetist, a nurse anesthetist, an instrument nurse and a room assistant , or six people on duty. There is also a radiology department, a laboratory, and a continuing care service open 24/7. The number of specialists being limited and given the cost of the installations, but above all the importance of being able to treat a certain number of patients in order to remain efficient, to be attractive for the commitment and training of staff, it is neither realistic or desirable to distribute these services over several sites.

Night work has deleterious effects on the health of staff. It is advisable not to multiply these constraints, because they push certain professionals to reorient themselves or change sector of activity. Which aggravates the shortage of specialized personnel. Teams will be forced to operate understaffed. This has the consequence of jeopardizing the quality of care.

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