Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin recently practiced procedures to assess and evaluate the performance of its nurses and doctors in an emergency situation. The Manager of the hospital, Mrs Sasiphen Piyasuth chaired and monitored the emergency hospitalising plan which simulated a tour bus of foreign visitors crashing with a pick-up truck in Khao Tao.
The accident resulted in 20 people severely injured from burns, cuts and broken limbs. The hospital’s staff who rushed to the scene had to swiftly send all the patients to the hospital. Those with serious injury were immediately sent to the emergency operation room and I.C.U. while those with minor injury were directed to the X-Ray room and a first-aid centre. The emergency hospitalising plan follows those practiced in other countries. The hospital provided three colored zones for different types of patients.
The red zone is reserved only for patients requiring immediate treatment; the yellow zone for those who cannot help themselves and the green for those with minor symptoms who can help themselves but are still expecting a doctor’s diagnosis. Results showed that both all hospital staff, including nurses and doctors are ready to work actively at any time. Despite the satisfactory results, the problem of traffic congestion on Phetchakasem Road, especially during weekends, slows down patient transfers.
Ms. Sasiphen added that the Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin has international standard plans with the emergency hospitalisation plan now included. The hospital is now providing emergency doctors, surgeons, orthopedic specialists, operational and general doctors for Thai and foreign patients around the clock. V.I.P. patients in need of further medical treatment can be transferred via a helicopter at the Hua Hin International Airport to the Bangkok Hospital in Bangkok. In case of natural disasters, the hospital can coordinate with other local public hospitals to provide more medical treatment on request.
Finally, the hospital is now providing medical services to public officers under the social welfare scheme. The hospital will give a discount for expenses for low income patients.