University Medical Center Utrecht
The University Medical Center Utrecht (Dutch: Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht) or UMCU is the main hospital of the city of Utrecht. It is affiliated with the Utrecht University. Since the foundation of the university in 1636 an academic hospital has existed in various forms. Nowadays the UMC Utrecht comprises the academic hospital, the faculty of Medicine as well as the Wilhelmina Children's hospital. In total approximately 10,000 people work at the UMCU including medical staff, nursing staff, residents, support personnel and researchers, making it one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands.
Special units include:
- Cardiothoracic surgery
- Neonatal and pediatric surgery and intensive care
- Pediatric oncology
- Level I trauma center
Adjacent to the UMCU lies the Central Military Hospital, or CMH, for military personnel.
The UMCU also features a Major Incident Hospital (Dutch: Calamiteitenhospitaal). This facility is intended for treating groups of more than five military or civilian casualties in case of major catastrophes, war casualties or in case of particular contagious diseases (for example, repatriated wounded Dutch citizens after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami).
Controversy and scandals
On November 3rd 2015, Dutch current affairs television program Zembla reported on a "culture of fear" in the ear, nose and throat department of the University Medical Center Utrecht, that would have led to "avoidable" and "serious, deadly complications" endangering the safety of patients. One case was reported in which a patient’s carotid artery was accidentally cut during a surgery. The patient died a day later.
On April 2016 the Healthcare Inspectorate placed the UMCU on warning for poor healthcare and under increased supervision, after it was revealed that additional fatal incidents had been covered up.
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