Status: 11/22/2021 3:08 p.m.

The first hospitals in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania report full intensive care units. According to the intensive care register of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive and Emergency Medicine (Divi), there are so far four clinics.

Accordingly, as of Monday morning, the intensive care units in the hospitals in Demmin, Boizenburg, Ludwigslust and Grevesmühlen are fully utilized. In the clinics mentioned, both the so-called low-care beds without invasive ventilation and the high-care beds with invasive ventilation are occupied. However, these are not all patients with Covid-19.

14 clinics in MV report limited capacities

Of the 32 hospitals in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania that report to the Divi Register, 14 have indicated further limited capacities. According to the register, 66 patients with Covid 19 disease were in an intensive care unit in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as of Monday lunchtime, almost half of them, namely 30 patients, have to be ventilated. According to the State Office for Health and Social Affairs (LaGUS), a total of 271 patients with Covid-19 disease are being treated in clinics in the north-east on Sunday.

Ministry: Situation worrying

The Ministry of Health said the situation was worrying. Of the total of 600 intensive care beds in the state, 100 are currently available for corona patients. Attempts are currently being made to activate 25 to 30 more beds and staff. In addition, rehabilitation clinics are to be enabled again to treat lighter corona cases. A ministry spokesman said clinics in a region belong to a cluster. Should a hospital actually not be able to admit a seriously ill person, he would immediately be referred to another clinic in the region.

Lake District: Clinics are calling for measures such as compulsory testing for everyone

In the Mecklenburg Lake District, five clinics are calling for a package of measures in view of the high utilization of intensive care beds by corona patients. A spokesman said on Monday in Neubrandenburg that there must be a consistent test obligation for those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered. It is currently not foreseeable how the fourth corona wave can be financially managed. A relief from the “high administrative burden of documentation” and “appreciative measures for the employees” could help. The association includes five hospitals in Neubrandenburg, Waren (2), Neustrelitz and Demmin, which assessed their situation as “critical”. At around 20 percent, the lake district has the highest bed occupancy with Covid 19 patients in intensive care units.

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Unusually large number of oncological patients

The clinics pointed out that significantly more patients had been treated with Covid-19 than currently. At the moment there are an unusually high number of patients with oncological diseases and emergency patients. One reason for the higher number of oncological patients is that in the past corona wave, many people did not come to clinics for fear of infection. One suspects that this now leads to more difficult courses.

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