The second wave of corona is different from the first wave of March, when we had to deal with a completely unknown virus and it turned out that we had far too few ic beds. IC doctors explain to RTL Nieuws what has now been improved.
Firstly, there is more space in intensive care. In the Jeroen Bosch Hospital in Den Bosch, for example, 20 beds are now available instead of 14 and it is possible to scale up to 26. Logistics and other processes have also been improved. But more importantly, better treatment is possible.
“We now know that we need to do good research into coagulation disorders in the blood, which can lead to pulmonary embolisms,” says IC doctor Peter de Jager, head of intensive care at the Jeroen Bosch Hospital. “Much more is also known about ventilation techniques, which allow patients to leave the IC more quickly. Moreover, we now know that it is good to administer anti-inflammatory drugs at an early stage. ”
Marco Knook, IC doctor at the Reinier de Graaf hospital in Delft explains that patients receive the drug dexametasone. “We see that they respond well to that, which means they can get off the ventilator more quickly. As a result, they don’t have to stay on the IC for as long. We already give the patients dexametasone before they end up on the IC. ”
“In percentage terms, fewer patients will go to the ic, because we can treat the consequences of the virus better,” says De Jager. But he warns: “The virus has not diminished in strength, corona is still hitting just as hard as in the beginning.”
Bron (nen): RTL News