Survey: Ambulances are often far too late in big cities

Survey: Ambulances are often far too late in big cities

In many major German cities, the ambulance service takes too long to arrive at the emergency patient. This is the result of research by ARD magazine “Plusminus”. According to this, around 40 percent of the ambulances would arrive too late - which can have life-threatening consequences.

Experts are demanding a maximum of eight minutes of help
Whether a serious fall, circulatory collapse or shortness of breath: There are many reasons why it is necessary to call the emergency services on number 112. Once the emergency call is made, the ambulance should arrive at the patient as soon as possible. Because with many diseases such as a heart attack or stroke, any delay can have serious consequences. From the point of view of emergency doctors and resuscitation experts, the emergency services should therefore be at the emergency site in eight percent of the operations within eight minutes, "Plusminus" reported on ARD on Wednesday evening. "An extrapolation from us shows that if we can implement this relief period nationwide, up to 1,000 more lives could be saved each year," Matthias Fischer from the German Council for Resuscitation told the magazine.

Magazine evaluates numbers from 44 major cities
“Plusminus” said it had interviewed 76 cities across Germany about their help periods and their compliance, and received responses from 44 cities. It was shown that only Mönchengladbach and Bottrop kept the required eight minutes there and even in 90 percent of all operations, the report said. However, other cities lagged significantly. In Baden-Württemberg, for example, where almost twice the time is allowed with 15 minutes, even this period was not reached often enough.

Berlin is at the bottom
According to the magazine, Berlin achieved “particularly bad results”. The ambulance should also be there within eight minutes. But according to their own statements, this has only been achieved for years in less than 50 percent of operations. According to the survey, in 2014 the helpers only reached the patient in 39 percent of the cases within this period. "Personally, I had the longest arrival time with an ambulance with 21 minutes," the former ambulance driver Michael Quäker told "Plusminus". "However, the patient is already in the phase of being resuscitated. After 21 minutes there is definitely not much to be saved, ”he adds. Ralf Fibich experienced something similar: “It can take up to 30, 45 minutes in Berlin. This is not an isolated case. That is commonplace, ”said the former dispatcher at the Berlin fire brigade. (No)

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