“Many of the patients we treat have not even passed through the plants and have come directly from the ER. Right now we are observing more serious cases, with a more rapid evolution of the disease, and that correspond to younger people ”, says Dr. Sergio Martínez, president of the Canary Society of Critical Intensive Medicine and Coronary Units and attached to the aforementioned area at the Insular Hospital.
“We suspect that a new strain may be circulating,” says Dr. Martínez
The truth is that in the hospital unit there are patients of all age groups. However, what most attracts the attention of doctors is the occupation of beds by people affected by the pathogen who are between 30 and 50 years old. “This is not usual, especially because they do not have underlying diseases,” warns the expert.
Could these episodes be associated with the existence of a new variant? Dr. Martínez is blunt about it. “We suspect that a new strain may be circulating that makes infectivity and severity greater than in the other two waves, but at the moment nothing has been confirmed to us officially. It must be taken into account that many colleagues from the Peninsula are living the same experience ”, he emphasizes.
On these lines, Dr. Yésica Sosa, who works at the UMI of the University Hospital of Gran Canaria Doctor Negrín, points out that, although there are no genetic studies that demonstrate the arrival of a new variant on the Island, ” they are detecting many cases in people between the ages of 30 and 40, who end up in intensive care “.
18 Critics in the Insular
- Until yesterday, in the Insular-Maternal-Infant University Hospital Complex there were 77 patients admitted for coronavirus. Of the total, 18 were in the critical area.
This sense, the health company agrees with the specialist of the Insular when saying that the context differs greatly from that of the previous waves. “It is true that in other waves we have treated young patients in intensive care, but the number was very low and they all had previous illnesses. In addition, before we had many people admitted to plants and not so many reached the critical area “, emphasizes the doctor, who also adds that, as happens in the reference complex in the southern area of Gran Canaria,” many have been referred to the area from the ER, for being in serious condition “.
Until yesterday morning, of the 54 beds available for critical patients in the Negrín ICU – where level C of the contingency plan is activated – 25 were occupied by patients with covid and another 25 by people affected by other ailments. In the plant, on the other hand, there were 22 patients with coronavirus.
“We have resources, free beds and staff”, highlights Yésica Sosa from Negrín
Likewise, in the Insular ICU, where there are 32 beds distributed in four modules of eight beds each, 18 remained affected by the SARS-CoV-2 infection and another 14 people suffered from other diseases. The Unit, which also has level 3 of the contingency plan activated, has had to make use of the Resuscitation and Awakening area where there were four patients until Monday. In the complex there were also 59 patients with Covid-19 in acute beds.
“During the past weekend, we had up to eight patients in the Resuscitation and Awakening area. The UMI has been full for almost two weeks, but we believe that the worst will come in the next few days, when we begin to see the consequences of Holy Week, ”says Dr. Sergio Martínez.
25 Critics in Negrín
- The University Hospital of Gran Canaria Doctor Negrin had 25 patients with covid occupying a critical bed yesterday. In the center there were another 22 on the floor.
Based on the words of the specialist, the work already takes its toll on many professionals, so they only hope that vaccination will stop the increase in income. “The fourth wave is almost here, but we remain optimistic thanks to vaccines. We believe that the advancement of the campaign will help cut the new income ahead of schedule ”, he adds.
Despite this hopeful path, experts are betting on not lowering their guard. “Income has increased and concern always exists, but luckily we have resources, free beds and staff, which gives us some peace of mind,” says Dr. Sosa.
Evolution, in the spotlight
”The last young patients we have seen have been discharged earlier than other patients and have had better recovery capacity. At the moment we have had few cases and now more are reaching us, so we will have to wait to make an assessment “, says Dr. Sergio Martínez, specialist in the Intensive Medicine Unit of the Hospital Universitario Insular de Gran Canaria. In this sense, Dr. Yésica Sosa, who works in the critical area of Dr. Negrín, assures that the experience managed by the center where she works varies depending on each case. “There is everything. We have had young patients who recover very quickly and others who spend more time in hospital, so we cannot generalize ”, the physician says. | YM