Emergency doctors warn that a total clogging of acute care threatens. Extra measures must be taken urgently for the short and long term, writes the Dutch Association of Emergency Care Doctors (NVSHA) in a press release.
Due to the increasing number of corona infections and hospitalizations, the process before and after intensive care is overloaded according to the NVSHA. According to the industry association, personnel shortages and outages play a major role in this, in addition to the fear of an impending flu epidemic.
Ambulances drive laps
Several doctors tell anonymously about the situation in the workplace in the press release. “There are all ambulances running around here that their patients can‘t get rid of. This has nothing to do with IC beds,” said one of the doctors who say there is a general shortage of hospital beds. Also, doctors say that a recording stops have been set in some places.
This graph shows that the number of hospitalizations is now greater than in the previous wave of infection, but still a lot lower than the one before:
NVSHA chairman David Baden had hoped that the cabinet would take stricter measures on Tuesday. Because even with a high degree of vaccination, keeping open, for example, catering establishments, stadiums and the stores in combination with poor enforcement leads to unsustainable problems in healthcare, he says in the CCeit Radio 1 Journal.
“The honest story is that you can’t have everything: a fully open society and be able to deliver the care people need.” He is pushing for additional measures to reduce corona figures, increase absorption capacity and promote the influx of staff.
Back to wall
Recently, ICdoctors have also raised the alarm about the influx of patients. Several hospitals have temporarily set up admission stops.
“What we see is that there are more and more ambulances with patients, while there is no recording capacity,” says NVSHA chairman Baden. An average evening or night shift, according to him, starts with a shortage of nursing staff. “You have the feeling of standing against a wall continuously. As a result, the workload becomes even higher, which in turn leads to more failure. This creates a vicious circle.”
De Jonge: patients spread
Demissionary Minister De Jonge has an understanding of the concerns of doctors in the emergency room. He acknowledges that sometimes ambulances drive around because they can‘t lose their patients. “The Inspectorate knows that and we need to ensure that we can handle the influx of patients. The care must spread the patients. If you distribute the workload fairly, it’s best.”
The Minister adds that everyone should help reduce the infection rate and that people must comply with the measures.