Corona: Intensive care physician horrified by statement from Weil | NDR.de – news

Status: 04/09/2021 11:12 a.m.

Doctors from Göttingen warn of an overload of the intensive care units in Lower Saxony with Covid-19 patients. You are contradicting Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD).

“The situation in the hospitals in Lower Saxony is relaxed”: This sentence from Weil in the ZDF morning magazine on Thursday causes many intensive care physicians in the country to shake their heads. The Clinic for Anaesthesiology at the University Medical Center Göttingen addressed Weil directly on Twitter with clear words.

“Why are experts apparently not being listened to?”

“We do not know how we can meet a further influx of patients fairly if there are not immediately effective measures to contain the #pandemic,” write the doctors. Of the 30 beds that would normally be kept for operative intensive care medicine, 19 are currently occupied with Covid-19 cases. One or two people with the most severe Covid infections would join them every day. The clinic has only less than half of the beds available to ensure care for traffic accidents, cerebral hemorrhages and heart attacks, according to another tweet. “We are currently looking in horror at the unchecked development of the number of infections and are wondering why experts from the healthcare sector do not seem to be listened to.”

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Automated graphics: How many Covid 19 patients are in intensive care units? The current status of the occupancy. (04/09/2021) more

Record number of corona patients in intensive care units

Current figures on the utilization of intensive care units underline the statements made by the Göttingen doctors. As the “Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung” (HAZ) reported, citing the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, 292 people with a Covid-19 infection in Lower Saxony were in the intensive care unit on Thursday. According to the information, that is two more than at the summit of the second corona wave on January 16. The association warned that clinics were getting tighter. On Thursday, there were only 2.3 intensive care beds available nationwide per clinic location – 265 of a total of 1,940 beds. 15 percent of the patients have a Covid 19 infection.

Weil does not see an exponential increase

Weil had spoken out against a tough nationwide lockdown with reference to the situation in the Lower Saxony clinics. The prime minister said that the circumstances were not there. “I don’t see this exponential increase that we had to fear.” He has the impression that many people have changed their behavior. This positive development must be supported and not burdened families with too strict measures.

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