The situation in intensive care units in Germany is worsening – writes the RND portal on Tuesday. Many counties do not have a single bed free of charge, according to data from the German Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI).
There is a shortage of places in these wards in 50 of the approximately 400 counties across the country. The worst situation is in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, and emergency services often have to travel long distances to find single beds for patients in neighboring counties, describes RND.
There is also a lack of places in intensive care units in several counties in Lower Saxony (eg Celle or Gifhorn), Brandenburg (Frankfurt on the Oder), Saxony-Anhalt, Rhineland and Thuringia (Jena).
Concern over the situation in hospitals and clinics was expressed by the head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) Lothar Wieler. “We have never been as worried as we are today,” he stressed.
– The number of seriously ill COVID-19 patients is growing, and people with stroke and other serious diseases have to look for a free bed in intensive care for up to two hours in some places. (..). And that will only get worse, especially when this happens in several regions and over a long period of time. Standard patient relocation options, which can sometimes be used as a buffer, are usually only possible to a very limited extent due to the many difficult cases, Wieler explained.
According to DIVI, the problem arises when the percentage of available vacant beds in the ICU drops below 15 or even 10%. Meanwhile, over 95 percent of the Bavarian capital, Munich, was occupied on Monday. places in intensive care units.