German Daily News reported on April 8 that as the occupancy rate of intensive care wards in Germany continues to rise, medical experts warn politicians.
“Dear decision makers, how many people do you have to wait until you increase to the number before you respond,” said Karayannis, director of science at the Critical Care Association.
He said that cities such as Cologne, Bremen and Bonn have almost no intensive care units available to people with heart disease or seriously injured in traffic accidents.
German renowned virologist Drosten reblogged the blog post and commented: “This is an emergency call.” Since mid-March, the occupancy rate of intensive care units has increased significantly.
Jansens, the former president of the Intensive Care Association, said: “If this develops, the number of patients requiring intensive care will soon exceed 5,000.”
Once the number of intensive care patients reaches 5,000 to 6,000, German hospitals will have to turn to a state of emergency, and Schallett Hospital Berlin has announced that it will reduce planned routine diagnosis and treatment starting next week.