High mental stress for staff in intensive care units
According to Bauer, who heads the Intensive Care Clinic at the Jena University Hospital, many employees have stopped working in the intensive care units because of the high mental stress. At the Jena University Hospital alone, well over 350 corona patients have been treated in the intensive care unit so far. Death was omnipresent. It is difficult for the staff to endure.
The intensive care doctor still considers the current situation manageable. According to the Thuringian State Chancellery, eight percent of the intensive care unit beds are currently occupied by corona patients. Bauer warned that the beds would also be needed for other patients. For example after operations, for heart attack patients or for traffic accident victims. These intensive care beds are urgently needed.
Minister of Health: Create better conditions
Thuringia’s Minister of Health Heike Werner (left) told MDR THÜRINGEN that the loss of nursing staff and thus of treatment capacities was more than annoying. In the coalition negotiations that have just been conducted, the parties must ensure that they create better working conditions for hospital staff.
The high burden on the nurses is directly related to the financial structure of the hospitals. What is needed is funding that corresponds to what is being done in the houses. Otherwise, the previous loss of staff is just the beginning.
Doctor advises vaccination
Intensive care physician Bauer also appealed to be vaccinated. The course of the disease is much milder when vaccinated people become infected. According to Bauer, the patients who are currently in the intensive care unit with a Covid19 infection are usually unvaccinated or people with severe immunodeficiencies. Above all, the proportion of younger people among the patients has increased.