Loss of personnel and ICUs are worrying in hospitals

The complicated situation that the reference hospitals in Tenerife are currently experiencing may become more complicated in the coming days when the contagions from the meetings and celebrations of New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Eve and Kings.

At the Hospital Universitario de Canarias (HUC) there are currently 159 patients hospitalized for COVID, 135 on the ward, 23 in the ICU and one in Psychiatry, as opposed to the 11 admitted on December 1. In addition, some 150 workers are on leave due to COVID, but it is expected that with the reinforcements hired “we can withstand the overload in all services,” said the managing director, Mercedes Cueto.

“The situation is quite critical in ICU beds, we have 50% of the beds available for critical patients occupied with people with COVID, and, specifically, in the standard ICU 23 out of 24 beds.” Therefore, the rest of the non-COVID critics are distributed by other authorized areas in various areas of the center such as in the Coronary areas, Emergency Observation 1, in the Semicritics area, and in the Post-surgical Recovery Unit. “If the pressure continues to increase, several spaces will be used in the ER, another post-surgical recovery unit and ultimately an operating room,” he indicated.

However, Cueto stressed that in terms of surgical activity “they have only had to reschedule some intervention due to lack of beds. Thus, the surgical part is performed based on the number of beds available, especially if you need care that requires UVI ”. He insisted on the importance of getting vaccinated, since “there is still a lot of difference: unvaccinated patients have a much more serious evolution”, and among those vaccinated “they are arriving very old with pathologies that COVID complicates and makes their evolution slow ”.

For its part, the situation is more complicated at the Hospital Nuestra Señora de Candelaria, whose contingency plan was launched and implies the cessation of surgical activity, except for oncology and that which is considered urgent or priority.

Right now, of the 32 ICU beds available, 30 are occupied, 19 of them by COVID patients. Medical director Elena Espinosa revealed that about 200 workers are on leave, of them about 30 doctors and 100 nurses, after getting infected or waiting for the test.

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