Corona Hamburg: Are clinics now transitioning to normal operation?

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Scheduled interventions: Are clinics now transitioning to normal operation?

Updated: 3/18/2022 05:59 AM

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Surgery in an ENT clinic: The number of elective surgeries dropped in the wave of omicron, also because there was a shortage of nurses.

Surgery in an ENT clinic: The number of elective surgeries dropped in the wave of omicron, also because there was a shortage of nurses.

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The municipal ordinance expires. This is what patients who are about to have hip or other planned operations need to know.

Hamburg. Patients with pain will be relieved: in the Hamburger hospitals can despite the increase Corona infection numbers now also “mobile” again operations be made. This Saturday expires a regulation issued at the end of November and extended several times, according to which the planned hospitals must postpone the so-called elective or optional interventions for reasons of capacity. “It’s good that now back in hospitals scheduled interventions it can happen, “said the spokesman for the social security authority, Martin Helfrich, of the German news agency.

Neither the authorities nor the Hamburg Hospital Society (HKG) know how many of these operations had to be postponed due to the crown. “The planning methods of individual hospitals, such as wards or operating rooms to have sufficient staff for intensive care units and Covid wards, have not been collected,” said HKG CEO Claudia Brase.

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“During the grueling months, hospitals set a mission to impose as few restrictions as possible on elective patients so that, in the sense of ‘communicating tubes’, work could be done in election as far as the level allowed. of staff given the Covid occupation, ‘he stressed.

Elective interventions such as hip or other joint operations are by no means irrelevant, “but often of great importance for the quality of life and also for the medical situation of patients,” said spokesperson Helfrich. “Canceling elective surgery was therefore a far-reaching step.” It had become necessary to guarantee treatment options for acute cases. This was always guaranteed in Hamburg. “At no time was it necessary to fend off the emergencies.”

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UKE talks about “fewer operations that can be planned” that have had to be postponed. “This applies, for example, to obesity surgery, hernia surgery, surgery for jaw misalignments or benign diagnoses such as thyroid dysfunction,” said spokesperson Saskia Lemm. Asklepios explained that only “medically justifiable” interventions have recently been postponed. The situation varies from home to home.

The German Society of Endoprosthetics (AE) points out that patients have also postponed surgeries on their own initiative due to the possible risk of infection. However, painful joint osteoarthritis can lead to significant limitations in movement, shortened muscles and damage to the spine. These consequences must be considered when electoral operations are repeatedly postponed.

Skepticism about hospital stays decreases

AE President Dr. Stephan Kirschner told Abendblatt that the omicron wave has opened up a new dimension in the treatment of implant patients. Some members of the nursing staff had been infected with the corona virus multiple times and were missing from hospitals. Without them, however, it is not possible to operate or guarantee the post-operative care of patients. According to initial data, only a good third of the usual number of implants (around 13,000) were used in Germany in February 2022. For patients who want joint replacement surgery, this means a prolongation of pain. “The pain does not go away”.

At the start of the pandemic, there may have been skepticism about hospitalization. However, as the vaccination campaign is ongoing and patients have been fully immunized or even boosted, those affected have given up their reluctance to undergo surgery.

Bottlenecks due to sick staff

When the regulation was enacted, the number of coronavirus positive patients in Hamburg hospitals was 196, 50 of whom were treated in intensive care. By the end of January it had risen to 533 patients, 75 of them in intensive care. Since then, the situation has eased: almost 400 Covid patients are currently being treated in clinics and the number of patients in intensive care has halved compared to January.

The number of patients is currently higher than before winter due to numerous infections in recent weeks, Helfrich said. “But we also clearly notice the effects of a high vaccination rate: by far not everyone who is in hospital with Corona is there because of the infection, but they are often being treated for other reasons.”

However, the high number of infections in recent weeks has again led to bottlenecks from sick staff in hospitals, Brase said. “In these difficulties, hospitals are gradually returning to ‘normal operation’.”

Updated: Fri 18/03/2022 05:59

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