German hospitals are recording significantly more coronavirus patients. Growth and staffing issues are causing problems for the clinic.
The German Hospital Society is again registering more corona patients. “We have had a significant increase in the number of Covid-positive patients. Compared to the previous week, occupancy has increased by 50 percent,” said Gerald Gass, CEO of Editorial Network Germany (RND). “With nearly 19,000 patients who have tested positive, we are currently at the peak of the summer wave.” Gass warned: “We are heading into a very difficult week across the board, not just in southern Germany.”
According to him, clinics are facing additional problems due to overstaffing. An increase in corona patients means increased protection against infection and thus more work. Gase blamed a “devastating triad” of labor shortages due to economic pressures from the coronavirus and other respiratory diseases, inflation and bureaucracy. “All this will lead to hospitals suspending services and deregistration of departments temporarily.”
More coronavirus cases among intensive care patients
The number of corona-infected patients in intensive care units has also increased significantly recently – on Tuesday it was 1,660, according to the intensive care register of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. The head of the register, Christian Karagiannidis, told RND that “probably about 50 percent” of patients would also need to be treated for Covid-19 – so the rest would not have come to the intensive care unit because of the infection. “Nevertheless, all patients must be isolated, and corona infection can worsen the prognosis of patients with other diseases.”
Karagiannidis also warned of staff shortages aimed at intensive care units: “In several cities in Bavaria, Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia, we already have hotspots where there are very few free intensive care beds left because staff are often symptomatic and absent for long periods of time. ,” he said. “We have to prepare for this in many other parts of Germany in the coming weeks.”