According to Deputy Minister of Health Vladimír Černý, the capacity of intensive care beds in hospitals is close to absolute exhaustion. About 15 percent are now free. She could be exhausted, ie under five percent free, in two to three weeks. According to him, the reason is also the lack of qualified staff. He said this at Tuesday’s press conference. According to published data, more than 6,500 patients were infected with the new coronavirus in hospitals on Monday, of which over 1,300 needed intensive care and 660 artificial lung ventilation.
“There is no doubt that the infection is different than in the autumn. The virus undoubtedly behaves differently, it affects younger patients,” said Pavel Dostál, regional coordinator of intensive care in the Hradec Králové region. According to him, the deterioration of patients is also faster. According to him, the mortality rate in local hospitals is 12.5 percent.
Already last week, the director of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics (IHIS) Ladislav Dušek presented models of the increase in hospitalizations in the parliamentary health care committee. According to him, even with a reproduction number corresponding to 1.2, there is a risk of exhaustion of capacities in Prague and the Central Bohemian, Hradec Králové, Karlovy Vary and Ústí nad Labem regions. In the Plzeňský, Pardubický and Liberecký regions, capacities may be exhausted in March. The current reproduction number is 1.18.
According to the intensive care coordinator for Prague, Tomáš Vymazal, the national dispatch center has already organized translations of almost 450 patients between hospitals in the regions. “There were 8,000 patients in hospitals in the autumn. We now have 6,500, but it’s still rising,” he said. According to him, the free capacity of intensive care in Prague will be increased by another approximately 50 beds.
According to Petr Kolouch, the director of the Prague ambulance service, who is involved in the coordination of the dispatch center, patients were dominantly taken away from hospitals in the Karlovy Vary region. “The regions that have offered the most cooperation in absolute numbers are Prague and the Ústí nad Labem region,” he said.
Source: Tyden.cz by www.tyden.cz.
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