During the record wave of Covid-19 infections, Dutch hospitals have begun to postpone certain operations to free up ICU beds, and an infectious disease researcher warned that the industry is about to introduce a “black code”.
The country set a new daily national record of Covid infection on Thursday, registering approximately 23,600 cases. This is the third consecutive day that the number has exceeded 20,000.
Dutch health officials said that in order to provide more staff for the Covid ward, starting this week, some operations including cancer and heart disease patients will be cancelled.As of Thursday, the Dutch intensive care unit had less than 200 available beds, and Friday number It is shown that almost half (47.8%) of the occupied ICU beds are used by Covid patients.
“These cancer patients should actually have surgery within six weeks of diagnosis and will not be satisfied in all cases. This is also a heart disease patient,” A spokesperson for the National Coordinating Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS) said.
At the same time, the new calculate An infectious disease modeler at Wageningen University and Research Center said that the so-called “black code” in the hospital is about to appear. Emergency designation means that the safety of patients is at risk. If declared, it will mean that many people with life-threatening diseases cannot enter the ICU, and doctors must prioritize who will treat them.
According to recent estimate According to the Dutch Health Care Agency (NZa), since the start of the pandemic, as many as 200,000 operations have not been performed due to urgently needed Covid care.Thursday, New Zealand disclose Due to the pressure of Covid patients and the increase in the number of employees who are absent due to illness, nearly a quarter of the operating theatres in the country are currently unused.
It is not clear what effect the delay in care will have on public health. In December 2020, the Dutch National Institute of Public Health and Environment (RIVM) calculated that due to the first wave of Covid-19 alone, an estimated 34,000 to 50,000 “healthy life years” were lost.
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