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Many intensive care units with limited activity

Absence of employees during the summer wave of coronavirus causes problems for hospitals. The shortage of personnel related to the coronavirus is also causing concern in the economy.

The growing number of coronaviruses and the high level of sick leave are affecting the work of intensive care units in German clinics. “Especially the high number of sick workers is a problem for us in the healthcare system, and some are finally taking their well-earned leave to start the winter months with new energy,” said the president of the German Interdisciplinary Association. Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (Divi), Gernot Marks, Funke Media Group Papers.

55 percent of intensive care units, 736 in number, are currently operating with partially limited or limited operation. “Unfortunately, this is already a very high number that we have otherwise only seen in colder seasons and a higher Covid burden,” Marks said.

Information about the situation in intensive care units is based on subjective assessments of the staff there. If a clinic declares that its operations are “partially restricted” (currently 23 percent), it means that regular surgery is almost possible, but only because some operations have to be canceled, for example, the spokesperson explains. If the operational situation is given as “limited” (currently 32 percent), regular operation is no longer possible.

Fewer intensive care beds due to staff shortages

According to the Divi daily report on Saturday, 1,053 patients with Covid-19 were treated in the intensive care unit, 19 less than the previous day. According to Marks, there are currently about twice as many as at the same time last year and almost four times as many as in 2020. lack of staff.

Life-threatening and emergency care is provided everywhere. “However, many operations in hospitals are being postponed again and staff have to be moved,” Marks explained.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) issued a nationwide seven-day case on Saturday morning at 700.3. The rate of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants the previous day and week was 699.5, and the previous month was 276.9. However, incidence does not provide a complete picture of the infection situation. Experts have assumed for some time that there will be a large number of cases that have not been registered by the RKI, mainly because not all infected people have had a PCR test. Only positive PCR tests are counted in the statistics. In addition, late registrations or transmission problems can lead to distortion of individual daily values.

The increase in the number of infected people is a burden on the economy

The German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) also sees the growing number of corona infections as a major burden on the economy. “Corona-related staff shortages are a challenge for many companies, especially when there is already a shortage of skilled workers,” DIHK president Peter Adrian told the editorial network Germany (RND/Saturday). “Orders have to be rejected or take a long time, for example in the case of construction.”

Regarding autumn, Adrian said: “With isolation and quarantine rules, one must always consider the consequences of the loss of workers and therefore the ability to work in the economy.” “Not just health care” for running everyday life. system and state infrastructure, but broad sectors of the economy.”

Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) has defended the government’s current coronavirus policy. Many citizens were wondering whether the infection is coming from the back door, the minister wrote on Twitter.

“No,” he assured, “the seven-point program presented in June to prepare for the fall is already underway.” This includes, among other things, “an infection protection law that is sufficient for all levels of infection,” the SPD politician emphasized, adding: “I’m happy to give up my vacation for that.”


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