The Health Information and Quality Administration (HIQA) has raised serious patient safety concerns due to overcrowding at the Midwest’s largest public hospital.
According to HIQA, conditions in the University Hospital Limerick Emergency Department are inadequate to meet patients’ needs and are jeopardizing the delivery of safe care.
The agency released a report on the ED after an unannounced inspection earlier this year.
It describes how the hospital does not meet national standards for patient dignity, patient care, and staffing.
In addition, UHL only partially meets the guidelines for effective service management.
According to the report, inspectors were unsure whether the hospital had adequate measures in place to deal with overcrowding, inefficient patient flow, inadequate nursing staff and long emergency room waits.
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