PORTLAND District Health (PDH) director of nursing Frank Megens has outlined the efforts the service’s surgical and accident and emergency (A&E) teams played in providing initial care last Monday to a 20-year-old man who has been shot in the stomach.
The victim, Troy Hocking, died on Tuesday morning, a few hours after having arrived at Royal Melbourne Hospital after being airlifted from Portland.
Mr Megens said the story titled ‘Shooting victim dies’ (Portland Observer,October 17, 2012, p1) failed to recognise the efforts of the PDH surgical team and A&E team in the provision of care to the victim.
“The article suggests that surgery commenced upon the arrival of the Adult Retrieval Victoria (ARV) team and who then transferred him to the Royal Melbourne Hospital,” he said.
“The situation was that the patient was transferred to theatre and surgery commenced almost immediately.”
Read more in Monday’s Portland Observer.