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China: 30 Hospitals in Heart Attack Emergency Network to Improve Aid Efficiency


Shanghai: A total of 30 local hospitals have participated in a heart attack emergency network to improve the treating efficiency for patients. So far, the network has covered downtown areas as well as outskirts districts of Jiading, Fengxian, Songjiang and Chongming County, medical experts announced on September21.\r\nAll these hospitals have a 24-hour green channel to give emergency treatment for patients with heart attack no matter when the ambulance arrives and conducts quick check, diagnosis and treatment, experts told the Oriental Congress of Cardiology in the city.
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China: Not so Good Samaritans Snap Some Photos for Evidence before Proceeding to Help Collapsed Man


Fearing the threat of blackmail, passers-by were somewhat hesitant to help an elderly man who suddenly collapsed while crossing a street in Zhengzhou over the weekend. Only after snapping some pictures for evidence did they feel comfortable enough to venture over and check if he was alright.\r\nWitnesses said that the man was rushing across the street and suddenly fell down. Lying sprawled on the ground with blood gushing from his face, wary onlookers worried that if they were the first to help, they would be the ones blamed for all that blood.
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China: Regulators Eye China’s Ambulance Services


Recent photos of an ill airplane passenger who was forced to crawl into the ambulance on his own while members and emergency staff argued over who should move him has renewed debate over the quality of China’s pre-hospital care.\r\nLawmakers are now considering a regulation that would detail operational rules and fares for ambulances, Beijing Times reported.On November 26, the municipal government’s lawmaking department released its third revision of the proposed Guideline on pre-Hospital Emergency Medical Aid Services.
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China: Overcrowded Hospitals Drop Plan to Allow Nurses to Provide Repeat Prescriptions to Hong Kong Patients


The overcrowded public hospitals have dropped the idea of asking nurses to prescribe medicine to stable patients due to the objection of its medical staff, said the Hospital Authority’s director on Thursday (17 March).\r\nIt comes as the burden of the understaffed body eased slightly this week, with the number of attendants at the Accident and Emergency Unit dropping to the normal level of around 5,400 per day – compared with a peak of more than 7,000 in the past few weeks.
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China: Beijing to Charge Ambulance Use by Distance


The Beijing municipal government has decided to charge ambulance use in the city by distance, based on a fare system similar to that used by taxis. The new measure will take effect on May 1st, and it will also apply to ambulances called by both 120 and 999 hotlines.\r\nPreviously, empty legs of ambulance trips were also charged, but under the new regulation, the patients will only have to pay for the portions that they are on board the vehicles. According to the Beijing Emergency Medical Center, all ambulances of the Center have installed fare calculators.
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