Danderyd hospital in suburban Stockholm.

Overcrowded ward may have caused deaths

Overcrowded conditions and inexperienced personnel could have contributed to the deaths of two patients at Danderyd hospital in suburban Stockholm, reports Swedish Radio news.

Newspaper Dagens Nyhether wrote that the patients were a man and a woman, both in their 90s, and who were getting treated for leg injuries in an overcrowded orthopedic ward. While the normal staff were occupied at a series of meetings, a less experienced staff filled in. Mistakes were reportedly made when it came to caring for the patients and giving them medication.

The Swedish national board of health and welfare called it a problem of deeply serious nature and said they have met with the hospital to discuss the problem.

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