More and more older people report themselves unnecessarily at Emergency
Hospitals pulling the bell over the increased number of older patients that unnecessarily ends up in the accident and Emergency (a & e).
According to the Dutch Association of Hospitals (NVZ), among others, to the elderly go to the hospital because the home not to go, while there is not really there is a urgent cry for help.
“For an older group of patients fulfilling the Urgent Help is often the role of emergency shelters. They are too fragile to be home to stay, but not sick enough for the hospital,” notes the NVZ in a letter to the Second Chamber.
The hospitals say that by the increase of the elderly capacity problems arise in the emergency and on wards. The situation is so dire that hospitals, in some cases, the emergency closing.
No medical necessity
The NVZ has no clear picture about the extent of the problem. A survey of the NOS shows that slightly more than half of the spoedposten confirms that older people are included because there home no or too little care. The hospitals counted in two weeks time 160 images without any strict medical necessity.
The hospitals are asking the politics to a structural solution for the problem.