Overload display – Salzburg state clinics nominated triage team

The management of the Salzburger Landeskliniken (SALK) has now turned to the State of Salzburg as the hospital operator with a dramatic appeal for help. As the “Salzburger Nachrichten” reported on Tuesday, the treatment of further patients in the clinics according to current medical standards and standards of care could soon no longer be guaranteed. An emergency situation threatens to arise in which intensive medical triages must be undertaken.

The triage team decides on intensive medical treatments

The SALK have now nominated a six-person triage team consisting of five doctors from various fields – including an internist, an intensive care doctor and a palliative doctor – and a lawyer, SALK spokesman Wolfgang Fürweger told APA on Tuesday morning. This team then has to decide which patients can still be treated in intensive care.

Due to the current situation, it is to be feared that the legal obligation “to treat patients only according to the principles and recognized methods of medical science, can no longer be consistently and fully met despite all the measures taken,” writes SALK managing director Paul Sungler in the “overload notice” available to the newspaper.

272 beds in the non-Covid area are missing

In the escalation level 12, which has already been reached, 272 beds in the non-Covid area would currently be missing, from the next level “there is currently insufficient medical staff available”. In view of the sharp rise in the number of infections, the State of Salzburg also recently expected a further increase in Covid patients. “We therefore urgently appeal to those responsible in politics to take the necessary measures to significantly reduce the incidence of infections,” said Sungler.

SALK spokesman Fürweger also explained where there are currently no beds because the staff is needed for the treatment and care of Covid patients: In 1st medicine, for example, only 35 percent of the beds are available, in oncology it is 85 percent, 32 percent in ENT, 59 percent in vascular surgery and 63 percent in urology. “You could say that we have reduced by around 25 percent in the internal medicine subjects and by a third in the surgical subjects.”

Health officer Christian Stöckl (ÖVP) confirmed on Monday evening to the “SN” that he and Governor Wilfried Haslauer (ÖVP) had received the overload report. As an immediate measure, rehabilitation facilities are now to be closed and primarily occupied with patients from non-Covid areas who no longer need to be cared for in the hospital, but for whom, for example, care beds are missing. These patients retain doctors and nurses. Negotiations are also being made with private hospitals to take over operations. A so-called Covid transfer station should also bring relief for corona patients, who are still positive, but no longer need to be cared for as comprehensively.

Five-year-old in the children’s intensive care unit

In Salzburg, 31 seriously ill people needed intensive care on Tuesday, nine more than on Monday. There had only been more since the start of the pandemic, on April 29 there were 32 intensive care patients.

A hospital doctor also told the “SN” how dramatic the situation is. “Every day there is an inhumane argument about whose patient can be operated on first. The one with the tumor or the one with the broken heart.” A report on “ORF Salzburg” also caused concern on Tuesday, according to which the youngest patient with Covid disease in an intensive care unit is a four-year-old girl. After a corona infection, the child suffers from multi-organ inflammation PIMS, a sequela of Covid. At the same time, a five-year-old with Covid-19 must be treated in the children’s intensive care unit.

In addition to the SALK’s call for help to politicians, Fürweger today also appealed to the population to comply with the corona regulations. “It makes our people grumpy when, for example, after a 12-hour shift home, a doctor gets breakfast in the supermarket and meets people without a mask. In the beginning, people applauded, but now it’s like a mockery . “

Around 119,000 people are actively infected with the virus

There have been exactly 10,363 new infections in Austria in the past 24 hours. Authorities also reported 61 more deaths since Monday – the highest in nine months. Of these, 22 infected people died in Upper Austria alone. 113 more Covid-19 patients had to be admitted to hospitals since Monday. This means that there are already 2,568 infected people in the hospital and 458 seriously ill people in intensive care units.

In the particularly severe cases, 17 patients have been added since Monday, within the past week there were 55. A total of 416 infected patients have been added to the hospital patients since last Monday, which means an increase of 16.2 percent.

The number of confirmed people actively infected with the virus rose to 119,171 on Tuesday, the seven-day incidence to 919.4. The 10,363 new infections are below the seven-day average with 11,732 new cases every day. Within a week, 82,127 people tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.

In the past week, 253 people across Austria died as a result of an infection. The Ministry of Interior and Health last reported more deaths than today on February 2 (69). In the AGES statistics, adjusted for the actual date of death (instead of the reporting date of the deaths), there were last on January 4, 64 more corona deaths. In total, the Covid 19 pandemic has claimed 11,807 deaths in Austria since the outbreak. 132.2 people per 100,000 inhabitants died as a result of a Covid 19 infection.

There have been 981,904 confirmed cases in Austria since the start of the pandemic. 850,926 people are considered recovered. Upper Austria reported the most new infections since Monday with 2,559. 1,882 new cases were added in Lower Austria, 1,589 in Tyrol and 1,230 in Vienna. Styria recorded 988 more infected people, Salzburg 671, Vorarlberg 626, Carinthia 529 and Burgenland 289.

65.37 percent of the total population with a vaccination certificate

58,797 vaccinations were carried out across Austria on Monday. Of these, the majority with 38,028 were third stitches, 7,962 were second vaccinations and 12,807 people received the first dose. Exactly 5,839,643 people have an active vaccination certificate, which is 65.37 percent of the total population.

A total of 722,050 PCR and rapid antigen tests were registered in the past 24 hours. Of these, 342,569 were meaningful PCR tests, of which three percent were positive. (apa)


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