Information has been passed to Emergency Services News which suggests that a patient suffering from a minor ‘nose bleed’ could, in some cases, be treated the same as a patient who is in cardiac arrest.
The call (below) seems to suggest that the patient in this case only experienced a bleed each time they put their finger up their nose.
A source said:
‘And people wonder why the ambulance services in the UK are under so much pressure …This call was the same category as a cardiac arrest’
The situation appears to have come about after a change was made nationally to the manner in which calls to the ambulance service are graded.
Last year the way calls were categorised were changed nationally – and calls which were determined as “serious haemorrhage” are given as ‘CAT 1’ now – which seems to include nose picking.
‘CAT 1’ calls are graded as being the most urgent calls which require immediate life-saving assistance by highly trained medics.
Whilst this is the first time we have heard of a nose bleed being graded the same as a cardiac arrest, it does suggest a particularly worrying development for the ambulance service.
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