The death of Eros Caimi in Lamezia, for the ASP of Catanzaro “The intervention of the 118 operators was adequate”


By John

«The death of Eros Caimi, who passed away following a tragic and sudden major cardiac event, is a dramatic event that deeply saddens us. We are committed every day to saving lives and guaranteeing care, and for this reason too I would like to convey my personal condolences and those of the Catanzaro Provincial Health Authority to the family for the passing of their loved one.” This is what he says, in a note, the extraordinary commissioner of the Catanzaro ASP Antonio Battistini in relation to the death of a 62-year-old suffering from a heart attack in Lamezia Terme.

«As ASP – adds Battistini – we promptly started the necessary checks, following which we found the adequacy of the behavior of all the operators. From the mission sheets that were acquired, it can be specifically seen that the call to 118 was received at 4.56 pm on Sunday 24 March and, based on what we learned, a call was sent at 4.58 pm, in code red, ambulance from Lamezia, with nurse and driver on board. The arrival of the emergency vehicle occurred at 5.07pm, but the team detected the absence of vital signs, due to what appeared to be a major cardiac event, and immediately began cardiopulmonary resuscitation maneuvers. The procedures are completed with the placement of a peripheral venous access. The first team requests the intervention of a second emergency vehicle. The Operations Center contacts the air ambulance in light of a possible transport to the Hub hospital. Once the second team arrived, although the resuscitation maneuvers continued, including the intubation of the patient, the death was declared.”

«In conclusion, we can establish – underlines the extraordinary commissioner of the ASP – that the patient died due to a major cardiac event, probably a massive myocardial infarction in a subject already carrying risk factors and that the times of the rescue intervention were absolutely adequate, well below the established limits. Likewise, the maneuvers implemented were appropriate to the circumstance, in a subject already deprived of vital functions. I must also point out that the majority of 118 crews in the Italian regions are made up of drivers and nurses. There are different types of emergencies, but the rewarding factor is the competence of those who intervene, even if they are exclusively nursing staff.”