The tragic deterioration and subsequent death of a patient ramped outside Flinders Medical Centre unfortunately reflects another avoidable failure of the health care system in South Australia.
The College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA) expresses our sincere condolences to the patient’s family. CENA is deeply concerned that patient safety at Flinders Medical Centre has been severely compromised, and that despite promises by SA Health to improve timely access to emergency care, patients continue to be put at risk through policies that create overcrowded emergency departments that are unable to meet patient needs.
Emergency staff, while trying to provide safe, high-quality care, are overburdened by system inadequacies, which places staff under significant additional stress and puts patients at risk. CENA maintains its stance that the growing community requires additional acute care capacity.