Important operations have to be postponed
In just one week, the number of Covid intensive care patients rose by 110 or 27.9 percent. Current problem child of the nation: Vienna. More than half of the intensive care beds newly occupied with Covid patients – exactly 22 of 41 – have been added to the federal capital since Friday.
There are also non-Covid patients in intensive care units. Operations that can already be planned in Vienna have to be postponed in order to free intensive care beds. According to Staudinger, this also includes “major abdominal operations, tumor operations, complex heart operations, lung operations and the like. So actually things that should be worked through as quickly as possible in a normal state,” emphasized the AKH doctor. Depending on how you define the term, you could already speak of triage.
The previous high in the occupancy of intensive care beds with corona patients was 709 across Austria on November 25 of the previous year.