Italian hospitals might have to refuse elderly patients.
ROME – The situation surrounding the coronavirus has become so extreme in Italy that an Italian association of anesthesia, analgesia, resuscitation and intensive care is proposing an age limit for people to be admitted to intensive care . Moreover, people who are more likely to survive should be given priority.
“It may be necessary to set an age limit for access to intensive care,” the document states. The association considers the measure necessary “to reserve funds that can be very scarce for those who are primarily more likely to survive and secondly to whom more years can be saved”, it says further in the paper of the Siaarti association.
In practice, this means that elderly people can be written off because there is no place for them anymore. The association says the document is intended as a support and a manual for anaesthetists and doctors and nurses from the resuscitation department who are required to work in this state of emergency. According to Siaarti, the old criterion that first come should be helped should be discarded by the extreme emergency in which the country finds itself.
Choices The problem is that italian hospitals can no longer cope with the number of patients who are victims of the coronavirus. So choices have to be made who can and cannot be helped. This is not only because the number of infected people with complaints is increasing so rapidly, but also because there are too few doctors, nurses and beds in the intensive care units. The entire care system in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna is on the verge of collapse. sourse italy: https://www.dire.it/07-03-2020/430756-ecco-le-raccomandazioni-di-etica-clinica-della-siaarti/
In addition, many doctors and nurses themselves have become infected with the coronavirus. In the northern Italian region of Lombardy, which is by far the most affected by the virus, 12% of infected people are doctors or nurses. For example, the dialysis ward of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan was diagnosed with the coronavirus by two healthcare providers. The person most seriously in need of it had to be admitted to intensive care.
The entire department then had to be quarantined and all the hospital staff checked. In total, seventy percent were found to be infected with the coronavirus. And then we are talking about the Lombardy region, which is known as a well-functioning region in the field of care.
Italian army A new emergency decree from the Italian Government provides for the adoption of 5000 additional doctors, 10,000 additional nurses and 5000 additional carers. They’re desperately needed. Nurses from the Italian army have also been summoned to help. There will also be more hospital beds for the intensive care units.
If you’re not really an urgent case, you can’t get there anymore. And if it is impossible to quarantine at home, parts of hotels can be used for these people.
Nearly 6,000 people in Italy have now contracted the coronavirus. That number is increasing very rapidly on a daily basis. On Saturday, it was announced that more than 1,000 cases of the disease were reported within a day. Including the secretary of italy’s largest ruling party PD, Nicola Zingaretti, and for the first time someone from Vatican City. So far, 233 people have died as a result of the coronavirus in Italy. On the other hand, 589 people have healed. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1635763/#!po=24.3590
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