The intensive care units in German clinics are full of corona patients. Statistics show the dramatic situation – for example in Bavaria. In one federal state there are practically no more free intensive care beds.
Munich – you are back in focus. And maybe more than ever in the coronavirus pandemic. The intensive care units in Germany, such as in Saxony, where triage is soon threatened. In other words, doctors and nurses may soon have to decide who to give priority to intensive care – and who to give less priority.
Corona in Germany: Many intensive care units between Bremen and Bavaria are at their limit
“There is a threat of a fight for the intensive care bed,” Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) recently said at the state party conference of the Saxony CDU in Dresden. This Tuesday (November 23), the 54-year-old Franconian admitted the mistake of underestimating the fourth corona wave. Even the doctors of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) sound the alarm. “The corona situation is very worrying and currently not under control. In view of the increasing infection dynamics and the increasing incidences and increasing numbers of intensive occupations, we are really very worried, “said Gernot Marx, who DIVI-Chairman last.
There is a threat of a fight over the intensive care bed.
A look at that DIVI-Intensive care register shows: The number of available intensive care beds is almost exhausted in most federal states, and the situation is very tense.
“Regionally, for example in Thuringia, Saxony and some metropolitan areas, this already leads to acute stressful situations. This already makes relocations necessary in the respective federal states. And also a prioritization “, explained the medical expert Marx further:” That means, operations that can be planned are postponed. If we continue to see such an unchecked increase in seriously ill Covid 19 patients in the next few days and weeks, this prioritization will be necessary in large parts of Germany. “
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A look at that DIVI-Intensive care register (as of November 23) also shows: A federal state has practically no more free intensive care beds – Bremen. In the smallest federal state with around 570,000 inhabitants, only two so-called Covid-specific intensive care beds were available on Tuesday afternoon. In other words, those that are equipped with the appropriate ventilator and can be monitored by sufficient nursing staff. Even more: the percentage of invasively ventilated Covid 19 patients in the Hanseatic city was 70 percent.
Next example: 300 intensive care beds were free in Bavaria at the same time. That sounds like a lot at first. But: 2,885 intensive care beds were occupied at the same time, 961 of them with corona patients, of whom a little more than half had to be ventilated invasively. And: Only 111 Covid-specific intensive care beds were free in the Free State with its around 13.1 million inhabitants. These were loud DIVI-Intensive registers an average of 1.5 beds per location.
Corona patients in Germany: From Bremen to Bavaria – that’s the situation in the intensive care units
|Corona patients undergoing treatment||Covid patients ventilated invasively||Intensive care beds currently occupied||free intensive care beds / per location on average||Covid-specific beds free|
|Germany as a whole:||3,957||2,029||19,838||2,399 (1.9)||904|
|Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania:||66||34||514||92 (2.9)||30th|
|Lower Saxony:||174||88||1,573||251 (2.2)||95|
|North Rhine-Westphalia:||580||299||4,779||514 (1.7)||210|
Source: DIVI Intensive Register, as of November 23, 3:05 p.m.
The situation in Saxony-Anhalt (2.2 million inhabitants), where 1.5 operable intensive care beds were available per (clinic) location, and in Saxony (1.8), the federal state (4.1 million), was similarly worrying Residents) with the lowest vaccination rate (59.9 percent). (pm)
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