“We are in the middle of the fourth pandemic wave. There is great concern: ICUs risk clogging within a month”. He states it Antonino Giarratano, president of the Italian Society of Anesthesia, Analgesia, Intensive Care and Intensive Care (Siaarti), underlining the need to speed up a lot on third doses and observe the utmost attention to prevention regulations.
A prediction of suffering for intensive care already highlighted in the last few days by the hospital anesthetists of the Italian hospital anesthetists association (Aaroi-Emac).
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“The reaching of 10 thousand new cases of people infected by Covid.19, with + 95% of hospitalizations and + 8% of presences in intensive care are increasingly serious and important signs that now indicate that we are within the fourth wave of the SARS-CoV2 pandemic. With these figures – affirms Giarratano – and with this worrying trend, which falls in the autumn and winter period in which critical areas are already under pressure, within a month the hospital system of intensive care risks dangerously clogging “.
“It must certainly be said that fortunately we are not in the dramatic situation we experienced last winter: today – explains Giarratano – we have the vaccines that are importantly defending the health of millions of Italians. This means that today the hospitalized are above all people who have refused vaccination and others who instead – even if vaccinated – have particularly fragile conditions and high risk factors and are leaving after 10 months of full coverage from the infection. But this situation will soon add to the seasonal flu that it causes about 8,000 deaths among the most fragile patients and which in the coming weeks will begin to circulate in our country, leading to a crowding of dangerous and probably unsustainable hospitalizations “.
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“In the presence of ever higher numbers of hospitalizations, we will have to reserve places in intensive care for COVID 19 hospitalized patients, thus reducing the number of beds available for chronic exacerbated patients, surgical and cancer patients, cardiopaths, polytrauma patients and all those with acute syndromes that compromise vital functions “, says the president SIAARTI.
“We are all invested with the organizational, personal and social responsibility that this situation is avoided. This is why we hope that the decision times on the strengthening of the vaccination campaign even with a third dose will be speeded up throughout the country: today we cannot afford to frustrate the ‘immense work that, particularly in Italy, the health workers and health organizations in the area have done so far. We consider with great attention a worrying fact: with the intensive care units clogged, next year we could be forced to the tragic count of many deaths occurred among non-Covid patients due to delayed or lack of assistance “.
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