The situation in the hospitals of the leader region by the number of patients
Now most of the patients were recorded in the Lviv region – 4 627 (per day – 204 cases). Thus, the region “surpassed” the Chernivtsi region and Kiev, which have held the lead since the beginning of the pandemic. The list of medical institutions that will receive patients with COVID-19 is already expanding here. There is already an order from the Department of Health and a decision by the headquarters of the elimination of the consequences of coronavirus disease.
Channel 24 website found out whether there were enough beds and equipment in the supporting hospitals in the region, whether they were ready for a possible increase in the number of patients and how the course of COVID-19 had changed compared to previous months.
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So, the head doctor of the Lviv Regional Infectious Diseases Hospital Sergei Fedorenko said that today there are 191 patients in the institution (130 with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, 61 people with suspected illness). Of these, 76% are over the age of 50, 24% are between 18 and 50. The maximum number of beds in an institution is 210.
That is, there are empty seats, albeit few. According to the doctor, discharge of patients is planned for the weekend. Also, a number of patients are waiting for diagnostic results. In addition, as noted, a number of institutions of both regional subordination and Lviv city hospitals have now attracted assistance.
Today, some criticality is not felt. The hospital is operating normally, we provide assistance to patients with COVID-19. Everything is as it should be,
– noted Sergey Fedorenko.
The medical facility has 12 mechanical ventilation devices. As of 15:00 on June 25, there are 6 patients in the intensive care unit, 2 patients aged 66 and 72 are directly breathing with mechanical ventilation. They are in serious condition, there are complications of the underlying disease (bilateral bronchopneumonia), and people also have concomitant diseases associated with pathology of the cardiovascular system.
According to the chief doctor, if you look at the clinical forms and severity of the course of the disease, then they definitely have become much more severe compared to what was observed in March and April. In fact, 90% of all patients have acute bronchopneumonia and respiratory heart failure.
COVID-19 is more severe in patients now than in March-April / Photo by Getty Images
In the 8th city clinical hospital in Lviv, the situation is somewhat more complicated – there were prepared to receive a maximum of 70 patients with COVID-19, and now there are 82 such patients. The head physician of the hospital Vasily Obaranets told about this channel 24 channel.
Patients with COVID-19 have been admitted to the hospital since April 8th. As of today, 579 people have been treated here, of which 250 (that is, almost 50%) – with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.
An emergency order has been issued today and we are preparing a set of measures to be able to take more patients. Getting ready for that. We’ll definitely not refuse to assist anyone,
– says the head doctor.
How they will place patients in the institution, if there will be even more, they are now deciding.
There are 20 ventilators and three patients who are connected to them. In general, patients who are admitted need intensive treatment and oxygen supply in the complex.
And now, according to the doctor, they really spend significantly more oxygen than usual. For example, if earlier in a surgical hospital three cryocylinders were charged with liquid oxygen once every two weeks, recently this has been done daily. Over the past week alone, there have been more patients with severe COVID-19. These are patients burdened with cardiovascular and neurological diseases. The doctor also notes that obesity is an incredibly aggravating factor for COVID-19.
If on average in April 20-30 people were treated here, in May – 50-60, then in June – 80.
There are more COVID-19 patients in the hospital now than they were preparing to receive / Photo by Getty Images
In the Lviv region, in particular, in the city of Stry, the situation is similar. However, they are reassuring here: they are considering various options for the development of events and relevant plans have been prepared for this. So, the director of the Stryisk central city hospital Osip Begei notes: today there are 65 patients in the institution (it is designed for 85-90 hospitalized).
About 35% of them are severe pneumonia, 9 people are in the intensive care unit of the intensive care unit. There are 8 ventilators here, as of today everyone is free.
Every day, an average of 6-7 people enter the institution. The last two weeks there are 10-12 new patients per day. And, basically, they are also more "heavy" than before.
If there is such a situation that all devices or beds will be occupied – we will redirect to other hospitals. In the region there is this plan, it will be involved if necessary. We are ready for such a situation,
– said Osip Begey.
In addition, the region still has the Stryi central district hospital with its own intensive care unit, therefore, if necessary, this institution can also be attracted here.
From the positive: the test results for COVID-19 began to get much faster. So, the data of ELISA studies now arrive on the day when they are made (conducted by the laboratory of the institution), PCR tests – on the third day.
Why is the number of patients with COVID-19 increasing and is it worth strengthening quarantine?
Epidemiologist, Honored Doctor of Ukraine Lyudmila Mukharskaya in a comment on Channel 24 noted that the situation with the increase in the number of patients is predictable: it was clear that, with the mitigation of restrictive measures, this number will increase to a certain extent.
Several reasons can be considered:
Firstly, it seems that not everyone understood that the quarantine was not completely lifted – the restrictions were only softened. This applies to both owners of establishments who have already been allowed to work – they do not always adhere to the temporary rules written for them, as well as their visitors. People do not observe three necessary and simple conditions: distance, wearing masks, and hand hygiene. Secondly, the number of tests for certain categories has now significantly increased. The more we test, the more we confirm positive results.
As the epidemiologist noted, it is not yet ruled out that in certain regions quarantine may again be strengthened. However, in each locality, the situation is considered separately, since often in the whole region it is heterogeneous and changes quite dynamically. For example, in Lviv, the vast majority of confirmed patients are directly in the city of Lviv.
So far, according to the expert, there is no threat that there will be a shortage of beds. Since, firstly, one of the indicators of the transition to milder anti-epidemic measures in a particular region is the number of free beds. In addition, in some places, those institutions that were reserved for the second wave are already attracting patients – if the number of patients continues to grow, then there will be places to hospitalize them.
The virus is not fully understood. It continues to circulate actively around the world and scientists are monitoring this situation. There may be changes in one direction or the other,
– added the expert.
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