The case of a 4-year-old girl whose heart surgery planned for next week in the children’s cardiology department of the Kepler University Hospital in Linz was postponed until February next year caused a stir. The reason is the lack of vacancies in intensive care.
The girl, who was born with a serious heart defect, had already undergone two operations, the third was due in a few days. As Gerald Tulzer, head of pediatric cardiology in Linz, explained, “there is no space available in the intensive care unit because it is crowded with seriously ill patients.” The clinic in Linz is now forced to postpone approx. 50 percent. planned operations. “It cannot be ruled out that it may also have an impact on operations for oncology patients,” adds Tagesschau.
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Difficult situation in Austrian hospitals. “Very high systemic risk” one step
According to the Austrian health authority (AGES), currently around 31 percent of the population is in the country. intensive care places are occupied by COVID-19 patients. 33% of respondents were considered to be a critical value beyond which there is a risk of “very high systemic risk”. However, in the federal states with the highest incidence (Carinthia and Upper Austria), 50 and 40 percent respectively. patients with COVID-19 stay in intensive care units – here these values are significantly above the assumed warning threshold.
Christoph Wenisch, head of the infectious diseases ward at the Viennese Favoriten clinic, where the intensive care unit is occupied by two-thirds of COVID-19 patients, admitted on the ORF that “bottlenecks have so far been avoided by relocating patients to other facilities.” He stressed that the situation had not been so bad since the beginning of the pandemic.
Austria. Lockdown is starting to bring tangible results
The effects of the nationwide lockdown, in force in Austria from November 22, are already slowly visible. The seven-day incidence, which peaked on November 22, at the level of 1,100 cases per 100,000. people, it has now dropped to 787.6. According to the health authorities, this downward trend is set to continue and “will have some delay to affect overburdened hospitals.” For the time being, however, the situation in Carinthia remains critical and it is already known that there will not be enough intensive care beds available next week.
Thursday is the tenth day of the nationwide lockdown. 8,882 new COVID-19 infections were reported in the last 24 hours, which is below the last week’s average of 10,051 infections. 72 deaths in patients with coronavirus were confirmed within 24 hours.
As of Wednesday, December 1, 6,360,997 Austrians had received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, which is 71.2%. the inhabitants of the country. 67.1 percent have full protection. (5,990,943 people). More than two million people (2,060,626) have already taken a booster dose, which is 23.1%. population.
Marzena Szulc (PAP)
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