Intensive care physician: There is a risk of staff shortages
The clinics in Germany are not at risk of collapse due to the increase in Covid 19 patients, but there could be bottlenecks in other areas. This view was represented by Stefan Kluge, the head of intensive care medicine at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf on Tuesday in the NDR podcast “Coronavirus Update”. He spoke there next to the Frankfurt virologist Sandra Ciesek.
The health care system is prepared for a further increase in patient numbers: “Nobody in Germany will die because they cannot get a ventilation bed. That won’t happen, ”said Kluge. There are currently enough free intensive care beds – the bottleneck is the staff. “The lack of care is our main problem.” That was already the case before Corona. If more Covid patients have to be treated in intensive care units, staff have to be redistributed within the clinic “and that leads to a reduction in performance in the other areas, that must be very clear to us.”
Currently, six percent of the “test positives” would be admitted to the hospital as an inpatient, said Kluge. About two percent of those infected would have to go to an intensive care unit. The total number of intensive care patients with Covid-19 is currently “still relatively moderate”.
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