Hospital system now under “widespread pressure”
The country’s hospital system is at full capacity and is now under great pressure due to the continued surge in Covid-19 admissions across the country, according to HSE chief operations officer Anne O’Connor.
As part of RTÉ’s News At One program, Dr. O’Connor said Covid-19 is having “worrying and significant effects” in hospitals with only 94 beds available in hospitals across the country.
She said it is now “inevitable” that more scheduled care will be canceled as bed capacity is finite.
“We’re at a point where things are going to be difficult. The reality is that we as a health service have only limited things to do,” she said, adding that the picture was “one of those people who are very sick and in need of a lot of care.” “Affecting the ability to respond to non-Covid patients.
There were rejections in numerous hospitals, this morning there were only five beds available at 25 locations.
Dr. O’Connor said admissions increased 25% and intensive care admissions increased 41% over the past week, 81 of which require ventilation.
She said the number of people who come to the emergency room in the past week has increased 32% and 23% end up being admitted, which is a high rate.
Staff are very concerned and cannot see where the surge will end and she appealed to people to avoid going to the emergency rooms if possible and to support elderly people at home.
Over 3,800 employees were absent last week due to Covid-19, more than 1,000 more than two weeks ago.
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Meanwhile, the Mater Hospital in Dublin has moved to intensive care and now has to ventilate patients outside of intensive care, the President of the Irish Intensive Care Society said.
Dr. Colman O’Loughlin, an advisor at the Mater, said this was the first time since the third wave of Covid-19.
He said the need for an increase would bring some level of harm as services would have to be curtailed for other patients and warned that hospitals are in a serious situation and with high capacity with Covid-19 patients .
As part of RTÉ’s Today with Claire Byrne program, Dr. O’Loughlin said that too many acute hospital beds were occupied by Covid-19 patients, adding that it was almost impossible to run a normal healthcare system in parallel.
He said this has resulted in limited surgical activity and significant cuts in elective surgery.
As of 8 a.m., 617 people in hospitals across the country had been infected with the virus, 35 more than yesterday.
Of these, 117 people with Covid-19 were in intensive care units, an increase of 11 from yesterday.
Yesterday, the Ministry of Health reported 3,805 new cases of the virus.
Dr. O’Loughlin said it was especially difficult to move on when there was “a lack of transparency about how this is going to change”.
He said previous bans had been beneficial in reducing the number of cases, but there was no desire to reintroduce bans or restrictions now.
“Without this, it is not clear to us on the front lines what the triggering event will be to turn things around, to stop these 3,000-4,000 cases a day … it’s the two week ICU patients, some of these patients. “
He said he was not advocating a lockdown but warned that if things weren’t turned around, society would be forced to do so.
He also said there are almost equal numbers of unvaccinated and vaccinated vulnerable people in the intensive care unit.
Earlier, a member of the National Covid-19 GP Liaison Committee said expanding the use of Covid Certificates and widening the use of mask-wearing should be considered.
Dublin-based GP Dr. Ray Walley said the government should take NPHET’s advice on its latest modeling and also improve the masks wearing messages, including considering wearing masks among those under the age of 12.
In RTE’s Morning Ireland, he said, “Bans should be a last resort at all times”.