The pressure in the Intensive Medicine Unit (ICU) of the Insular University Hospital of Gran Canaria has increased significantly in recent days with the arrival of patients suffering from coronavirus. According to Dr. Sergio Martínez, attached to this area in the aforementioned capital center and president of the Canary Society of Critical Intensive Medicine and Coronary Units, “most of those affected are under 40 years old and have not received the vaccine against the pathogen ».
The situation worries specialists. And it is that, until yesterday, of the 32 beds in the area, 21 were occupied by patients affected by the pathogen, which has led professionals to refer to the area of Resuscitation and Awakening people who need assistance in critics for other pathologies. There were six patients there until Thursday.
«They do not stop arriving sick with the virus and the IMU is full. In fact, we entered six on Tuesday and seven on Wednesday. We have patients of all ages, but most of the people we are assisting are between 20 and 39 years old and have no previous illnesses, “says the doctor. Although it states that being overweight is one of the most observed risk factors.
In addition, the last ones who have been admitted have come directly from the emergency room, which shows that they have come to the hospital with a serious clinical picture of the pathology. “The Delta variant is predominant and has shown us that it is more aggressive than the rest. Not only is it more contagious, but it infects lung cells much faster and causes significant pneumonia, “says Dr. Martínez.
The truth is that the staff is concerned about the situation that is being experienced in the center, and even more so considering that until last Wednesday, July 21, the number of patients diagnosed with Covid-19 in intensive care was encrypted in 12. The data therefore reflects a clear increase. “We professionals are exhausted and we need to rest. Right now there are fellow vacationers and we are making an effort so that those of the rest are not endangered, since if the income continues to increase we do not know what will happen, “he says.
However, in the opinion of the health worker, it still takes a few weeks for the pressure to decrease. “We believe that we still have a tough few weeks ahead and that a large volume of patients will continue to arrive. It is true that discharges are also registered, but it is likely that another module of the UMI will be filled, so we have to be prepared for whatever comes, ”Martínez sentenced.
The plant situation has also experienced variations in the last week. Based on the words of the managing director of the Insular-Maternal-Infant University Hospital Complex (Chuimi), Alejandra Torres, until yesterday there were 34 positive patients in the SARS-CoV-2 infection hospitalized on the eighth floor of the Maternal; a minor in 5B; three people with high clinical suspicion in the north wing of the 11th floor of the Insular; and six others in quarantine in the South wing. Until July 21, there were 25 positive patients who remained in the ward.
“Right now we are in the third phase of the conventional hospitalization contingency plan. At UMI, on the other hand, we are in the first, although on Wednesday night we had to activate the second. As there have been discharges, we have been able to go backwards ”, explains the person in charge. For now, surgical activity “has not been affected” and it has not been necessary to cancel interventions. “We have tried to adjust the schedule so that the entire surgical part can be accomplished without suspending operations,” adds the managing director.
In this sense, it should be noted that the teams have appreciated a reduction in stays both in the plant and in critical. «As the patients are younger they do not usually have other associated pathologies. This makes it possible for the beds to be released much earlier, which has allowed us to absorb the pressure in the IMU without having to advance in the contingency plan, ”Torres details.
It should be noted that in the last week, the average age of the patients who occupy an acute bed at the Chuimi “ranges between 49 and 53 years.” Also, according to the professional, the general average in UMI is 49. However, he agrees with Dr. Martínez when he says that most have not resorted to the vaccine. “Only 10% of those who enter have completed the vaccination regimen and most are in the plant,” he stresses.
At the Doctor Negrín University Hospital of Gran Canaria, the profile of the patients is different, since the average age of those admitted to the ward is 60 years and that of those who remain in intensive care is 52. But the effects of the fifth wave They are also perceived in the northern hospital, although to a lesser extent than in the Insular one. Until yesterday there were 27 people with coronavirus in plant 4B – seven more than just a week ago – while another eight were in critical condition – five more.
From the center they report that in this health area there are 54 beds, of which 36 are occupied by patients who require assistance for reasons unrelated to the coronavirus. Hospitalizations are at level B of the contingency plan and the UMI at A.