Date PostedNovember 2, 2013

Drunken Violence Takes its Toll on St Vincent’s Hospital

St. Vincent’s Hospital has become synonymous for too many patients because of the number of alcohol related admissions.

A recent look into a typical Saturday night at the hospital is alarming and a reminder why we need to continue to do our best to enforce responsible service of alcohol rules in venues.

Due to its unique position close to the thriving entertainment district, the hospital is unfortunately experiencing the consequences of binge drinking and alcohol abuse which seems to peak every weekend (Friday and Saturday nights).

Excessive alcohol has become the enemy of the hospital’s staff who battle each weekend to deal with the number of cases coming in because of alcohol related injuries or illnesses.

The following is an account of a typical weekend night at the hospital’s emergency ward from www.DailyTelegraph.com.au

384191-25020b2e-28b0-11e3-a9c3-6361e8d92576One of the first after midnight was a 28-year-old female, who after one and a half bottles of wine, lay down on the side of the road and could not be roused.

Then a 30-year-old male was hit in the face, a badly split lip — bleeding profusely.

At 1am on a first floor balcony near the beach after at least 10 drinks a male fell down, lucky his neck was not fractured — just his arm.

At the same time also beachfront, a 17-year-old teenager heavily drinking with his friends when he began to continuously vomit and wretch.

Minutes later an 18-year-old girl arrives after multiple shots, she became legless and vomiting then was helped out of the bar and kindly lowered to the footpath.

At 1:15am in the city a 20-year-old female sought refuge in a security office becoming semiconscious after 10 wines.

At 1:19am the police found an 18-year-old boy drowsy on the footpath admitting to at least 10 drinks.

A little later a 22-year-old after a couple of drinks and 2 pills — thought it was ecstasy — became unable to walk, jaw spasms and grinding her teeth (amphetamines do that).

They just kept rolling in (by ambulance) …

Read more: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/in-just-one-night-a-parade-of-drunken-wounded-marched-through-st-vincent8217s-emergency-department/story-fni0cwl5-1226729384220

Now not only do medical staff have to deal with alcohol related patients but drug related ones as well. Increasingly people are being admitted into the hospital because of drugs.

The article goes on to describe the number of people that are simultaneously being admitted to the hospital for drugs while the alcohol cases are going on. Some from mixing a cocktail of dangerous drugs which is extremely high risk and life threatening.

One girl being admitted in her twenties took a combination of alcohol, GHB, ecstasy and cocaine before eventually passing out and becoming unconscious.

Another major cause for concern is the number of alcohol and drug induced fights and brawls that break out on Friday and Saturday nights with the staff of St. Vincent’s having to deal with the consequences as scores of injured males pour in to the hospital’s emergency room for treatment of wounds.

The post goes on to detail more incidents at the hospital:

One 20-year-old female at a bar, some 10 drinks later, in fun had a man jump on her from a ledge.

End of fun with an ambulance trip for a neck injury.

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/in-just-one-night-a-parade-of-drunken-wounded-marched-through-st-vincent8217s-emergency-department/story-fni0cwl5-1226729384220

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Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning, OH&S training, and web strategy firm based in Little Edward St. Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia. Urban E-Learning provides compliance related online , Distance and Face-to-Face training products in the construction, hospitality and heavy vehicle transport sectors, to name a few. Examples include the White Card Construction induction course and the RSA - Responsible Service of Alcohol course. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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