Image from the report of Een Today
SCHIEDAM – “The new government measures to combat Corona that took effect last week must have an effect, otherwise I see a dramatic scenario in front of me.”
That says Marjolein Tasche, chairman of the board of the Franciscus Gasthuis & Vlietland. She told that on TV last night at Een Today. Those effects need to materialize quickly. If that does not happen – and this should become apparent at the end of this week and in the course of next week – then according to Tasche it will mean a doubling of the number of patients in the hospital.
Whether the hospital can handle that? “That can only be done by suppressing other concerns,” said Tasche diplomatically. The pressure is increasing, she says. Last Friday, when the recordings were made, there were about fifty people with a Corona infection in the two hospitals – even though Vlietland is not mentioned in the report. The Corona patients are located in Rotterdam and Schiedam, most of them in cohort wards that have been set up in recent weeks when the number of infections and admissions increased.
On Friday, three people in the hospital feared for their lives, the journalist reports in the report.
In addition, Francis also has to contend with sick people in its own ranks. According to Tasche, eleven people are currently ill in both ICs. “I hold my heart for that.”
A good thing in an accident is that in this second Corona wave it appears that patients end up in the ICU less often. Improved procedures and medication have resulted in people being able to cope more often with the care provided in the cohorts, says lung specialist Wessel Hanselaar.
It is a bit of a comings and goings of patients, it is outlined. The Emergency Department had already been closed at some point because the influx was too great; eleven ambulances were reported to have been referred to other hospitals during that period. In order to create space, many people have been transported from Francis to hospitals elsewhere in the country. After inserting a breathing tube and connecting it to the breathing machine, it goes in a Mobile Intensive Care Unit (Micu) to intensive care units in cities such as Groningen, Winterswijk and Maastricht. People from cohort wards also go to hospitals elsewhere in the country for treatment, using a normal ambulance.
According to intensivist Arjen Brouwers, this concerns twenty assignments in the past two weeks.
According to the report yesterday, there are currently 1,568 Corona patients in Dutch hospitals, according to the report yesterday – and the processing of figures can sometimes take a few days – 1568 Corona patients, of which 352 in Intensive Care.