The extensive healthcare pressure supported by the Intensive Medicine Unit (ICU) of the Hospital Universitario Insular de Gran Canaria has led the complex to refer some patients suffering from diseases other than Covid-19 to centers of concerted ownership. As reported yesterday from the capital hospital, so far, only two patients have been transferred. However, given the growing demand for critical beds, the space is already preparing to activate level 4 of the contingency plan, which implies being able to make use of the Major Ambulatory Surgery Unit (CMA), in addition to the Resuscitation area. and Awakening, which is already considered at level 3. If it were necessary to resort to it, it would be the first time that this episode has been recorded during the pandemic.
“The situation is catastrophic, the ICU is full and we have little room to attend to non-covid patients,” said Dr. Sergio Martínez, president of the Canary Society of Critical Intensive Medicine and Coronary Units and attached to the aforementioned area in the Insular .
Based on the doctor’s words, until yesterday, of the 32 beds in the Unit, 27 were occupied by patients affected by the coronavirus, while in the Resuscitation and Awakening area 12 people remained in critical condition due to complications caused by other diseases. There are a total of 18 beds there. “This threatens the agendas of operations, since we are covering a lot of space,” added the intensivist. While it is true that the Insular clarified this Friday that major outpatient, oncological and non-delayed surgeries have been maintained.
“We believe that we will soon use the space dedicated to the CMA. For the last two weeks, we have been admitting an average of two covid patients daily and the occupation that we are observing has not been seen in the previous waves “, highlighted the health worker.
Precisely, the maintenance of this rhythm has made the capacity of intensive care more and more limited. But, which patients can be referred to the subsidized centers? The criteria is clear. “We select those who can maintain their health care with all the guarantees, even though they are still subject to mechanical ventilation. On Thursday we moved to the first one, ”explained Dr. Martínez.
Also, taking into account the situation in the hospital, the professional did not hesitate to call for social responsibility and vaccination. “Many people have relaxed and do not comply with security measures. Some believe that the nightmare is over and there is nothing further from reality, so it is also essential that people who are called for vaccination go to appointments so that we can get out of this crisis “, claimed the expert.
It should be noted that another aspect that worries doctors is the amount of income that occurs between members of the same family. “We are struck by the fact that a person arrives at the UMI and that, on many occasions, a relative of his or her enters a few days later. This has led us to reflect and, above all, to call for caution in family gatherings ”, said the specialist.
The truth is that the toilets are already “saturated”, since they have already been fighting for more than a year against an enemy that is hardly giving up. “The staff is already physically and psychologically tired. There are reinforcement teams on weekends, but there are already many exhausting guards and we need more human resources ”, defended the doctor from the reference hospital in the southern area of Gran Canaria.