Since the autumn, several seniors who have avoided being infected with the new coronavirus have ended up in the care of doctors in the intensive care unit of the Šumperk Hospital, but have attempted suicide due to long-term social isolation and poor mental health. This was announced on Tuesday by the head of the intensive care department of the Šumperk Hospital, Marián Olejník, according to whom Šumperk doctors rarely met with suicides of seniors until the arrival of the covid-19 pandemic.
“Fortunately, we have always managed to return the few intoxicated seniors home to normal life. We always thoroughly discuss the whole situation with the family to understand that the motivation is the disruption and rupture of social ties,” said Olejník.
Recently, doctors from the Šumperk hospital, for example, fought for the life of a 67-year-old woman who, according to Olejník, decided to end her life by overdosing on medication. However, she telephoned her daughter, who called the ambulance to the senior.
“The rescue service brought her to the central reception of our hospital, where detoxification took place. Due to the short time since the ingestion of the drugs and the rapid gastric lavage, the senior woman was saved,” said Olejník.
The woman justified the attempted suicide by long-term social isolation. “Until the arrival of the pandemic, the senior woman was accustomed to daily family visits. Whether her son, daughter or grandchildren. But that was not enough for the senior. Suddenly, life stopped entertaining her and she did not see any sense in it, “Olejník pointed out.
As the senior woman’s health improved, the primary agreed to proceed with her family. “In the end, we agreed with the senior’s daughter that, despite the current situation, she would take her mother home and continue to live together. Which made the patient very happy and visibly increased her zest for life,” Olejník said.
Olejník pointed out that until the advent of the pandemic, doctors practically did not encounter suicides of seniors. “In general, unfortunately, I have witnessed that a pandemic will have, in addition to health consequences, an enormous impact in other areas as well, such as the disruption of children’s education, disruption of social contacts in society and the rise of mental and psychiatric problems in society,” he added.
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