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Oversight of Illinois Ambulance Diversion Flawed, Report Says

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Thirty years after a child’s death and after reforms were made to the system, Illinois’ oversight of ambulance diversion is flawed, according to a bombshell report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Here’s some of what the newspaper found:

In 2018, ambulances could not drop patients off at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for nearly 24 hours 66 times that year.

In 2016, Advocate Christ Medical Center turned away sick patients arriving in an ambulance nearly one out of every five days.

Since at least 2007, the University of Chicago Medical Center diverted ambulances there about 20 percent of every month.

Further reading

The Impact of Hospital Overcrowding on EMS Crews

Always Open: Study Finds No Adverse Effects from Stopping Ambulance Diversion

Preparation and Training for the Ambulance Patient Offload Time in EMS Systems