Which hospitals have the highest rates of sleep-related hospital admissions?
On the eve of the general election, a series of high-profile deaths highlighted the dire consequences of the lack of sleep.
In a shocking example of the challenges of modern life, two men died of a heart attack at a Dublin hospital.
The hospital’s managing director had been working for just over a year and had just completed a sleep trial.
In the last two years, four other people have died while working in the emergency department at St Thomas’ Hospital.
This was one of the worst days of my life, I had to take off work to help my family.
The patient who had died was in critical condition, according to a report by the National Audit Office, and his heart had stopped for some time before he was taken to hospital.
A second case involved a young man who died after having an epileptic seizure while working at the Dublin City Hospital.
The man had been admitted to hospital with a breathing problem in April.
Two years ago, two women died at the same hospital, after falling into a coma while undergoing tests.
In 2016, a 24-year-old man died from a heart arrhythmia while working on a research project.
His mother had been on the night shift.
Last year, another woman died in the same emergency department, after having a seizure while in the ICU.
The report also highlighted the challenges faced by sleep-affected workers.
It said a large number of these people are also the very people who have suffered serious health consequences in the wake of the pandemic.
The Irish Medical Association is concerned about the impact on patients, patients’ families, and patients’ loved ones.
This is a problem that needs to be looked at seriously, said the union’s general secretary, Dr Brendan Murphy.
The national sleep health alliance is campaigning for better conditions for the patients and staff in emergency departments.
The alliance has put together a taskforce to advise on how best to provide better support and care for those in need of sleep support.
The Alliance is also calling for a review of the definition of “sleep deprivation” as it relates to the diagnosis of sleep apnea.
This issue is very, very important, said Dr Martin Duffy, executive director of the Alliance.
It is a very complex issue, we’ve got to take it seriously and look at it, he added.
The National Sleep Foundation said that in 2016, its members had witnessed a surge in the number of sleep disorders in emergency department settings.
This meant that they were dealing with a number of patients who were suffering from a variety of sleep conditions, such as narcolepsy, sleep apnoea, hypnagogic sleep disorder and sleep apathy.
The organisation believes that many of these patients are the result of long-standing conditions that have not been addressed.
It also said that a number were likely to be at risk of developing sleep disorders, including narcolexia, sleep disorder sleep apotemnitis and sleep disturbance.
We’re also seeing a huge increase in cases of sleep disturbances, said John Murphy, executive officer of the National Sleep Institute.
People who have sleep disturbances in their sleep can become agitated, hyperactive and even dangerous, he said.
It’s important that patients have support and be monitored, he stressed.
Dr Duffy said that the Alliance was also campaigning for a wider definition of sleep deprivation to be added to the standardised national diagnostic code.
The standardised diagnostic code will be used by clinicians and hospitals to determine if someone is suffering from sleep disorders and should be updated every six months.
The definition of ‘sleep deprivation’ is not the same as what we have for people who are sleep deprived, he explained.
In addition to the number and severity of sleep problems, it is important that people have the support they need to get through the night.
We want to ensure that they can get a good night’s sleep, so they don’t go into the morning too exhausted, he told The Irish Mail.
Dr Murphy said that as part of the alliance’s work to address the sleep crisis, it had also launched a campaign to improve patient safety at hospital emergency departments and in the community.
In 2017, we launched the Night in the Park initiative, in which people who live in rural areas are invited to attend night festivals and events.
We’ve got the biggest night events in the country, and people are free to go to the park, we’re not taking any responsibility for it.
We just want to support them in getting some sleep, he noted.
It will also support those people who may not have the means to travel to festivals and other events, but want to get some sleep at home, he concluded.
A number of organisations are also working together to provide support for people with sleep disorders.
The Mental Health Alliance, a registered charity, is campaigning to improve the mental health and wellbeing of patients in emergency care and to increase access to support and services for people struggling with sleep.
It has launched the N