Due to the strong Corona load in intensive care units, many hospitals are delaying operations that can be rescheduled. A senior doctor warns.
There are currently 88 corona patients treated in intensive care units in Vienna alone, and the number continues to increase almost daily. For this reason, city hospitals are delaying operations that can be rescheduled from Monday. The same procedure is currently used in individual districts of other federal states.
For Walter Hasibeder, President of the Society for Anesthesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Care (ÖGARI), all of this could have been prevented. He speaks to the APA about “collateral damage from lack of vaccine quota” and blames the latter as the reason for the recent sharp increase in seriously ill corona patients.
The figures from the City of Vienna that 92.3% of the Covid intensive care patients treated here are not vaccinated support his statement. Just over 7 percent of those cared for are fully vaccinated.
The situation threatens to worsen
St. in Zams in Tyrol. Hasibeder, who also heads the anesthesia and operative intensive care medicine at Vinzenz Hospital, adds: “The postponement of operations, the transfer of personnel from other areas, especially anesthesia, to intensive care units, the closing of operating rooms for routine operations and the additional services provided should be planned for longer periods.”
The senior doctor fears that the situation will escalate: “If we don’t want to go back to a state of increasingly dramatic supply, and we want to protect the unvaccinated people to build immune protection, we need to get a higher vaccination rate.” Politicians must decide whether this is done by motivation or by forced vaccination.
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