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One and the same man ends up in hospital for the 85th time this year

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULast weekend, a 40-year-old drunk man was delivered to Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital’s Emergency Medical and Patient Admission Clinic. What is interesting about this case is that this man has been in this hospital a total 85 times this year.

He also owes the hospital a total of EUR 1,500 for provided services.

As explained by the head of the hospital, Aleksey Vishnyakov, this man is one of the hospital’s many patients that end up in there without any medical indications: «They are an average of 10-15 people every day and nearly 500 people every month. They end up in hospital because they require immediate sobering-up services. These people waste the hospital’s financial and human resources, because our doctors are forced to waste time on them while actually ill people wait in long queues,» – says Vishnyakov.

Another man was delivered to the hospital on the same weekend. Doctors found 6.56 promille of alcohol in his blood. «This man’s life is no longer in danger,» – said toxicologist Roberts Stašinskis. «Usually the 6-promille barrier is lethal to humans. However, he can thank the timely provision of professional medical assistance for saving his life. This is not a record, however. There had been cases in medical practices when people managed to survive with seven to eight promille of alcohol in their blood, but those are very rare.»

Doctors still sometimes receive patients intoxicated from the use of different «spice» mixtures: «We’ve had six of seven patients like that last Saturday and Sunday. From what we have seen in the clinic, new types of these mixtures continue to appear. This is something we’ve concluded from watching our patients,» – notes Vishnyakov.

The number of users of narcotics remains unchanged. Such patients are often delivered to the hospital with respiratory system problems and arrhythmia.

Considering the piling problems with Latvia’s healthcare, when hospitals and other state medical institutions are forced to work with limited funding, it is highly important to find a solution for the matter of sobering-up facilities and legal regulations that govern their functions, because their services are currently funded from the wallets of medical institutions, as noted by doctors.

It should be added that the Cabinet of Ministers Committee has forwarded Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry’s proposal to provide partial coverage of expenses related to sobering-up premises for Latvian municipalities.

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  1. Linda says:

    Alcohol problems are everywhere. Take the hospital fee directly out of their wages, bank accounts before admittance to hospital for treatment. A few years ago I had a private hospital treatment and I had to pay for the leg operation BEFORE I was allowed into the private room …. so can others do the same.

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