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Urgent assistance will be provided more promptly


2018 07 16


Minister of Health Aurelijus Veryga signed an order, which as of July 1 will change the procedure for granting emergency assistance. From now on, it will be empowered to assess the state of patients and the extent of emergency care not only for doctors but also for other competent medical staff. This means that services will be provided more quickly. Big changes are waiting for the smallest patients - children are already given the opportunity to be given emergency care more expeditiously, since there is a separate description of assistance.

According to Minister A. Veryga, emergency treatment was necessary because the situation in the country's medical institutions is really complicated, and patients often have to wait a few hours for help. That is why the competent medical personnel are allocated with more rights in providing assistance to sick and injured people.

‘When there is a threat to human health or life, it is very important to start the assistance as soon as possible. It is particularly disappointing when children do not get this help quickly - we have heard stories many times when they do not receive help in a timely manner. So from now on, children will be given special attention by providing emergency assistance. There are also clear rules on how a doctor should deal with cases of suspected violence against children, such as many bruises or wounds on his body, and living stories are different from what is visible’, says Minister A. Veryga.

Thus, according to a new procedure, as of 1 July, the provision of emergency medical assistance indications and the appointment of emergency medical assistance category will be possible not only by a doctor but also by a nursing specialist or nurse in emergency medical care, after having received a special course in this very important field. At present, the extent of the emergency medical aid is determined only by the doctor who has examined the patient.

This will significantly shorten the time necessary to determine how urgent people will need to be given assistance. This procedure is currently in force in many EU countries, the United States, and Australia.

Also, according to Chief Specialist of Primary Level Coordination Unit of the Ministry of Health, Alvyda Naujokaitė, the individual scale of the provision of child care for children has been approved, which means that while evaluating the patient's condition small patients will receive more attention.

So, immediately in the very same minute, they will be given the assistance if a child has a seizure or shock during an acute bleeding episode, etc. All children who need emergency care will be assisted within no less than 1 hour. And that is very important because every minute is important in saving lives and providing emergency assistance.

These innovations will make it possible to improve the quality, accessibility and will reduce the risk of serious complications.

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