Coronavirus: hospitals in crisis-mode

Clinics to expect, despite the first steps towards normalization, and for several months with a operating in crisis mode.

“The Corona pandemic is not over yet,” said the chief Executive of the German hospital society, Georg Baum, the German press Agency.

“Kept free of personnel and intensive capacities are required – also for a possible second wave in the autumn.” A return to the rule of supply as before the Corona was until well into next year certainly not possible.

Higher per-case costs by Corona

The number of clinic recordings of Covid-19-patient falls overall, these occupied in the meantime, fewer intensive care beds with artificial respiration. The capacity would, however, still limited heavily by the needs for a consistent infection prevention.

So a supply in a multi-bed room is barely possible, said the tree. Clinics would have cost through the Corona is also much higher per-Case – for-Corona-Ill-be-separated ICU and bed wards needed. Staff should as far as possible be used separately.

At the same time, the number of free be beds intensively, compared to the prior two months by a total of some 2,000 fallen – there are patients with other diagnoses as Covid-19 are now available.

It would be re-made reinforced heavy operations, which are, in principle, can be pushed. In the emergency rooms, a significant increase in the number of patients with all disease images be now be observed again.

Normal capacity utilization has not yet reached

The Federal government and the States had asked the hospitals in the middle of March, all of the planned OPs and recordings to suspend. This should provide, especially in intensive care units as a precautionary measure, to free beds for Corona-patients.

In view of the slower Virus spread, the policy called for in April and then to step way back and more surgeries and other critical treatments to be incorporated. The background are also Concerns that patients postpone other treatments.

Since March a total of around 30,000 Corona is likely to have been patients in the clinics are treated, of which nearly 15,000 patients in intensive care. “We still have not reached normal capacity utilization,” said tree. Currently, 1,500 patients corona were due to the in hospitals, including nearly 400 in intensive care medicine. According to the Register of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive and emergency medicine (Divi) nationwide are currently more than 11,000 intensive care beds free.

At the intensive stations, the utilization is still reduced, explained the hospital society. Beds in previous years were free intense, always close, are now depending on the state, between 25 and 45 percent free. The reason for this is that hospitals have increased the number of intensive care beds due to the pandemic.

In addition, the minimum have now been exposed to the requirements for the occupation with the nurses, so that intensive care beds rarely need to be locked because of it.

Patients with severe disease are treated

In the months of the Corona-crisis observed clinics, that supply up to 30 per cent fewer patients with heart attacks and strokes came into the emergency rooms. This had, however, been predominantly patients with a lighter, but it is also supposedly lighter diseases.

“Patients with severe diseases have also been in the pandemic period hospitals treated,” said chief Executive tree.

Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa)

*The article “Coronavirus: hospitals will continue to be in crisis mode,” published by FitForFun. Contact with the executives here.