Published November 20, 2014
An overcrowded hospital in Sweden handed patients in a children's ward pots and pans to raise the alarm in an emergency, Swedish news site The Local reported Friday.
High patient numbers forced Ostra Hospital in Gothenburg, southern Sweden, to look beyond the ordinary bedside alarms, with other departments buying in bells for patients to ring to attract attention.
Patients at the hospital were also being relocated to wards where staff lacked the skills to care for them, a report by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare found.
An inspection discovered emergency departments in all nine of western Sweden's hospitals were affected by years of overcrowding.