Every tenth heart attack patient in Germany is not optimally cared for
A heart attack is a dangerous event and can have fatal consequences for those affected. For this reason, it is particularly important that the disease is recognized and treated as quickly as possible. However, many heart attack patients in Germany are not optimally cared for.
Around 300,000 Germans suffer a heart attack every year
Around 300,000 people in Germany suffer a heart attack each year. In acute cases, quick action is necessary. Timely heart attack diagnosis saves lives. According to experts, cardiac surgery care in Germany is generally very good, but there are apparently also deficits here. According to a current report, many infarct patients in German hospitals are not receiving optimal care.
Many clinics do not have a cardiac catheterization laboratory
As reported by the AOK Scientific Institute (WIdO), the "Quality Monitor 2017" of WIdO and the association Gesundheitsstadt Berlin shows that many heart attack patients in Germany are not receiving optimal care.
According to a survey conducted by the clinics specifically for the quality monitor, around 40 percent of the hospitals that treated heart attacks in 2014 did not have a cardiac catheterization laboratory that should be the standard for the treatment of acute heart attacks.
22,000 patients do not receive optimal care
“These clinics treat relatively few cases, namely around 10 percent of all heart attacks. But that's an estimated 22,000 patients a year who do not receive optimal care, although there is certainly no shortage of cardiac catheter laboratories in Germany, ”explained Prof. Thomas Mansky, head of the department for structural development and quality management in health care at the Technical University (TU) Berlin and one of the authors of the quality monitor.
Ambulances should go to the most suitable hospital
From the AOK's perspective, the results show that hospital planning requires a stronger focus on clinics with good treatment quality and good facilities. "In addition, we need better-controlled patient instruction in the right clinics," said Martin Litsch, Chairman of the AOK Federation.
“The ambulance should not go to the nearest hospital, but to the most suitable hospital that can optimally care for the patient. In most cases, this would not even lengthen the transport routes, ”said Litsch.
He called for a new start for a cross-sector concept for emergency care, which includes the emergency rooms of the clinics, the medical on-call service and the emergency services. (ad)