Hospitals treating burn patients face manpower shortage

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/07/02
By: P. L. Lung and Lillian Lin

Taipei, July 2 (CNA) Hospitals treating patients suffering burns from a water park dust explosion are facing the challenge of limited manpower, despite mobilizing all related departments since patients were rushed to emergency rooms last Saturday.

Talking to the press about the situation over the past few days, a spokesman of the Taipei Veterans General Hospital said Thursday that all 456 nurses at the hospital’s 14 intensive care units have been working in shifts around the clock, because tending to the burn patients has demanded more than double the ward’s usual staff.

Dressing the wounds of a severe burn patient requires eight to 10 medical personnel to work for an average 1.5 hours, he said.

In addition to staff of the plastic and reconstructive surgery department, doctors and nurses of the surgical department and otolaryngology and oral surgery have joined in the treatment of burn patients.     [FULL  STORY]

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