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Martin Balmer describes the dramatic situation at the Aarau Cantonal Hospital in the SRF Arena.
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“I’ve never seen so many doctors and nurses cry,” he says in an interview with Sandro Brotz.
The Aarau Cantonal Hospital has now created more intensive care beds, and the strain on the staff is growing.
An end to the load on the station is not yet in sight.
Martin Balmer speaks in a calm voice, powerless – he repeatedly takes a deep breath. The doctor and head of intensive care medicine at Aarau Cantonal Hospital is tired. Like so many healthcare workers. In an interview with SRF “Arena” presenter Sandro Brotz, he said: “I’ve never seen so many doctors and nurses cry.”
It was not until yesterday, Friday, that Balmer and his team had to convert the cantonal hospital’s recovery room into an intensive care unit. Because the beds in the actual ward were all full and the intensive care patients could not be moved. The new intensive care unit is now occupied with four patients. But operated with the same staff.
Martin Balmer wears an apron and an FFP2 mask. In the intensive care unit, that’s the rule. “In these clothes you will be wet after 30 minutes,” he says.
Staff work double shifts
And he and his employees sometimes work double shifts in these clothes: “On Tuesday, we received three seriously ill Covid patients within an hour, who each used two carers for over eight hours. I personally took on a shift. But mostly my colleagues who stay longer do it. “
This leaves the staff with hardly any time to relax. Physically and mentally, the job is currently a huge burden. Balmer: “Many of my colleagues can no longer take it emotionally.”
Nurses and doctors at the end of their tether. “They notice that they cannot achieve the quality they want to achieve in their work. Above all, they see no end, ”explains Balmer.
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«Don’t forget us!»
And if you look outside, you see people who are still saying the whole thing is a joke. Who wear their mask under their noses. “These are things that make us shake our heads, but also make us sad and angry,” says Balmer.
Still, his people don’t give up. Not yet. «After the new intensive care unit opened, we wrote in the WhatsApp chat that we absolutely needed people for the next ten days. Within a couple of hours we got as much feedback as we needed from people who wanted to take on these services. “
When asked by Sandro Brotz what he would like to say to politics, Balmer replies: “Don’t forget us! Don’t forget what you see behind me in the video! Remember to comply with the protective measures. ” (hah)