NHS May Roll Out ‘Drunk Tanks’ To Accomodate Increase Of Alcohol Related Injuries

NHS to roll out drunk tanks for people who are severely intoxicated.

The NHS is taking extra measures in the wake of an increase of British binge drinking.

Those who overindulge in drinking alcohol and turn up to A&E Departments should be put into “drunk tanks”, according to an NHS proposal. NHS chief executive, Simon Stevens believes that “selfish” revelers who arrive at the hospital intoxicated should be placed in a special room and be supervised by a nurse. The decision would supposedly free up more resources for serious emergencies.

Stevens commented on the new proposals stating that people who decide to go to an emergency department when they are drunk are “frankly selfish”. He explained that such behavior would only waste resources when the departments are under intense pressure. More so, the chief executive stressed that NHS does not stand for “National Hangover Service”.

“…I’ve seen first-hand how paramedics and A&Es are being called on to deal with drunk and often aggressive people,” Stevens added.

The tanks are called Alcohol Intoxication Management Services (AIMS) and the idea is nothing new as they are already used by a number of local authorities. They are outfitted with several seats and recliner beds where revelers sleep off their hangover.

The staff that will oversee these ‘drunk tanks’ will be equipped with IV drips, pumps and defibrillators to treat patients who are dangerously intoxicated.

This announcement comes in the wake of an increase of binge drinking among British people, especially during the holidays when medical centers are most of the times under-staffed. According to the NHS, alcohol intoxication cases make up for 12 to 15 percent of all A&E attendances in England.

The frequency of such cases intensifies on Friday and Saturday evenings, while during the Christmas period, 70 percent of attendances are alcohol-related.

As to whether the medical centers will be outfitted with ‘drunk tanks’, the NHS has said that it all depends on how well A&E departments perform during the new year.

UK’s first mobile drunk tank was launched in Bristol two years ago, courtesy of a joint partnership between the police, ambulance service and local hospitals.

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