There are several reasons for this, as a spokesman for the Vienna Health Association explained: “There is currently no need to relocate patients. At the moment – as of now – we can handle the capacities. “He also added:” Of course, in a pandemic this is a snapshot. “In addition, the transfers would make no sense, as the number of new corona infections is also increasing in the other federal states and the hospital resources there are also likely to be fully used.
In Vienna, 522 people are currently in so-called normal beds due to a coronavirus infection, and another 206 people require intensive medical care. In the houses of the Vienna Health Association, 459 of them are cared for in the normal bed area and 180 in the intensive care area. The other Covid patients are in facilities of the religious order hospitals, which also care for corona sufferers.
Stage eight for intensive care beds is being prepared
In a weekly comparison, 92 people or 14.5 percent more need to be cared for in the hospital. In the intensive care units it is 22.6 percent more. At the moment, the supply is within the framework of the Covid step-by-step plan, said the health association spokesman. The planning of hospital capacities is combined with ongoing monitoring of the utilization of the Covid supply areas. This allows sufficient capacities to be made available quickly when demand increases and, conversely, to ensure that the standard supply is restored. In addition to the religious hospitals, there is also cooperation with private hospitals.
The step-by-step plan comprises eight steps. At the moment, the hospitals are in the normal bed area on level five, where 550 normal beds are provided for the care of Covid sufferers. In the intensive care bed area, the hospitals operate at level seven, where around 260 intensive care beds are kept free for corona patients. This includes 90 beds equipped with high-flow oxygen devices. This enables a special oxygen therapy for corona patients.
“We are currently preparing stage eight in the intensive care bed area,” the spokesman said. Most recently it was announced that – should the situation demand it – a new level nine would also be created. However, there are still no concrete plans, said the spokesman: “We think that we can get by with the planned eight stages, and we hope that the measures and announcements set by politics will take a certain dynamic out of the infection process.”
Acute care is maintained
In total, the health network has around 6,000 normal beds and 550 intensive care beds – but in total and not only for people suffering from Covid-19. The price of bed vacancy for corona patients is the further reduction of services. But what was once again insured today: In any case, acute care will always be maintained. “All operations that have to be carried out according to medical indication are carried out,” emphasized the spokesman.