According to German media reported on the 25th local time, Germany’s third outbreak is still continuing, the country currently has more than 5000 Coronavirus patients need intensive care treatment.
Despite Germany’s abundant medical resources, the physical and psychological limits of health care workers are at their limits.
It is understood that Germany has about 10,000 critical beds available in emergency situations, but the shortage of medical staff is serious. Pandemic hotspots in Thuringia and Saxony, as well as in major cities such as Cologne, Leipzig and Munich, have already encountered problems.
In an interview with German media on the same day, Valles, director of thoracic surgery at the University Hospital of Cologne, said that the hospital’s 24 intensive care beds originally provided to patients with heart surgery have now been divided into 10 for use by Coronavirus patients. This caused some heart bypass and valve surgery to be postponed.
At the same time, the average length of time spent in intensive care is longer because the symptoms of the third and second dials are milder than in the first and second dials, which also places a huge burden on caregivers. According to statistics from the German Society of Intensive Care, more and more critical care beds are available in Germany.
On 16 April, five intensive care patients from Thuringia were flown by helicopter to the intensive care units in Hamburg, Batkissingen, Wolfsburg and Osnabruck. “We have to make this coordinated transfer, and the hospital has reached its limit,” Bauer, medical director of intensive care at Jena University Hospital in Thuringia, told reporters.
“The average age of the 30 Coronavirus patients he was responsible for was 50. In response, Bauer argues, it shows that vaccination efforts have had an effect and that the age of severely ill people is beginning to decline. “We need to be overworked and actively mobilizing general carers who volunteer to serve in intensive care units,” he said. Since last week, the Bundeswehr has also begun to support us.”