Salzburg clinics are preparing for triage

IIn the Austrian state of Salzburg, regular hospital care is threatened with a collapse due to the high number of corona infections. The Salzburg state clinics announced on Tuesday that a triage team would therefore be put together. Treatment of all patients according to the applicable standards will soon no longer be guaranteed.

Triage means that medical professionals must decide who to help first due to scarce resources. According to the spokesman for the clinics, the team will in future advise who should still be treated in intensive care and who should not.

With more than 1,500 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, the state of Salzburg currently has the highest seven-day incidence among the Austrian federal states. Upper Austria follows closely behind with a value of more than 1400. Austria’s intensive care physicians therefore called for a short lockdown for the general population in these two regions on Tuesday. The situation is “very, very tense,” said Walter Hasibeder, President of the ÖGARI professional association.

In response to the call for help from the clinic operator with its four hospitals, Salzburg’s head of state Wilfried Haslauer (ÖVP) announced relief measures. Among other things, some corona patients are to be accommodated in centers for medical rehabilitation.

In the past few days, the conservative ÖVP of Federal Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg has vehemently opposed an attempt by Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein (Greens) to introduce nightly exit restrictions nationwide. Instead, the conservative Chancellor Party is relying on the lockdown for unvaccinated people, which has been in force in Austria since Monday. Mückstein wants to reassess the situation on Wednesday.

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