emergency service

SOS Alarm comes under investigation

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The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare will be investigating how the government-appointed emergency service, SOS Alarm, prioritizes when to send an ambulance.

This comes shortly after revelations that a 23-year-old man died in January of a ruptured spleen after being denied an ambulance.

In all, the investigation will look into six cases where patients have dialed for an ambulance and have had to wait so long that they may have suffered harm or have died after being denied an ambulance.

In Gothenburg last year, the service denied a woman suffering renal failure and lung inflammation an ambulance, and she died the next day.

Newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reports that the service advised one man who was having a heart attack to buy cough medicine.