The Innsbruck clinic and the KH Hall have reached their limits. The spokesman for the Tyrol clinics warned in an APA conversation that the end of the plannable operation was reached on Tuesday. This is “not yet a catastrophe”, but performance restrictions are now increasing dramatically. The Covid intensive care units from East Tyrol are also fully utilized. LR Annette Leja (ÖVP) was “convinced that we will get through this fourth wave well” on Tuesday.
Clinic spokesman Johannes Schwamberger reported that on Monday they reached level seven out of seven on the internal scale. On Tuesday this was “filled up”. As of Tuesday morning, 38 Covid patients require intensive medical care in Innsbruck. That is a maximum – it has never been more. The clinic as well as the Hall hospital with six intensive care patients are finally going into crisis mode, reported the ORF Tirol. 66 Covid patients were in an intensive care unit across Tyrol, four more than the day before. The previous high in Tyrol was reached last December with 81 corona intensive care patients.
So far, the process was “completely predictable”, now you have to constantly look around for more intensive options, Schwamberger continues. Four more intensive care beds could be activated for Tuesday. Should the number of seriously ill with Covid-19 continue to rise, more recovery rooms would be converted into intensive care units. “Every measure is of course at the expense of non-Covid patients,” emphasized Schwamberger. Apart from emergencies, the supply of the population can no longer be guaranteed.
From now on, patients can no longer be guaranteed treatment other than emergencies: “Anyone waiting for an operation, such as knee or hip surgery, has to wait. We have no more beds for follow-up care,” warned Schwamberger.
The nursing staff, who are already overly burdened, are also informed and will look after even more patients if they happen to be, Schwamberger reported. “The crux of the matter is the personal,” he said. The number of employees remains the same, that makes the situation “not exactly easier”.
The APA also reported on Tuesday from the Lienz district hospital. According to AGES, the seven-day incidence in Lienz is the highest in Tyrol at 1,586; for the whole of Tyrol the value is 1,125.
In East Tyrol, 30 corona patients were cared for in the normal ward and five people in the intensive care unit on Tuesday. “At times all Covid intensive care beds are occupied, at times we have a free bed,” reported the directors. Internal intensive care beds are being converted “right from the start” today. “Almost without exception” When & in intensive care units unvaccinated people are treated.
The staff on the affected wards is “challenged to an extraordinarily high degree and is working to the limits of their resilience,” said the two doctors. Some have already suffered burn-out. Should the situation worsen, “our capacity limit will be exceeded and we will have to relocate Covid patients,” said Mayr and Schmidt. “Because of our special geographical location, this is definitely a special challenge,” they said.
Governor Günther Platter and State Health Councilor Leja (both ÖVP) visited an intensive care unit on Monday. “The situation in the Tyrolean intensive care units is really serious, capacities are scarce,” commented the state health councilor on the current situation, but nonetheless showed that she was forward-looking. So there is about “a good vote among the intensive care physicians”. “I’ll tell you quite honestly: I don’t want to end up in the intensive care unit,” said Governor Platter after the visit to the Innsbruck clinic. He again made an urgent vaccination appeal to the population.