Friday, December 3

Coronavirus: Over 600 patients in intensive care

The number of patients who have to be treated with a CoV infection in hospitals across Austria also continued to increase. There are currently 3,246. Upper Austria increased the bed capacity to level four on Wednesday – that means an increase of 157 intensive care beds. The state can provide a maximum of 333 intensive care beds. 125 CoV intensive care patients were reported on Thursday.

With 114 Covid-19 intensive care patients, the “system-critical utilization limit” of 33 percent of the total capacity was exceeded on Thursday in Lower Austria – more on this in A total of 334 intensive care beds are available. Planned interventions will continue to be postponed, and retired staff will be called upon if there is a need for staff. Almost a quarter of the doctors and qualified nurses who have retired since the beginning of 2017 have agreed to help in an emergency at the request of the State Health Agency.

Support from Vienna

In Carinthia alone, eleven additional patients needed intensive care, it said on Thursday. Step four now also comes into effect here, further selected operations must be postponed. In Salzburg, too, with 50 intensive care patients, the previously mentioned upper limit of 51 has almost been reached.

In some cases, other federal states help out. The first Covid 19 intensive care patient from Salzburg arrived in Vienna by helicopter on Wednesday. Three more are to follow – more on this in Vienna also lent three ECMO devices to Lower Austria. In this way, the patient’s blood is enriched with oxygen outside the body and returned. Vienna could do this from an emergency reserve acquired last year, said Vienna City Councilor for Health Peter Hacker (SPÖ).

No rapid relaxation expected in hospitals

As figures from the Ministry of Health only presented on Wednesday show, almost three quarters (around 73 percent) of intensive care patients either had no or an incomplete vaccination. More than half of the hospital patients are not vaccinated at all or not sufficiently vaccinated.

In its current assessment, the CoV forecasting consortium assumes that new infections are beginning to stagnate at a high level. However, there are uncertainties due to the overloading of the test infrastructure and contact person tracking.

Due to the time lag between infection and hospitalization, the experts assume that “relaxation in the hospitals is not yet to be expected in the next 14 days and a further increase in ICU coating (intensive care unit, note) is likely”. The committee also does not rule out exceeding the 700 limit. Most intensive care patients are feared with up to 150 in Upper Austria. Exactly one year ago, on November 25, 2020, the previous high was recorded with 709 CoV intensive care patients.

Hundreds of pregnant women in the hospital in Vienna because of CoV

Since the beginning of the pandemic, around 400 pregnant women have been treated in Viennese hospitals for Covid-19 disease. The course of the disease is very different and fluctuates between rapid recovery and several weeks in the intensive care unit, according to the head of the maternity ward at the Ottakring Clinic, Barbara Maier. She stated: “No one who really needed treatment was vaccinated” – more on this in

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