In Salzburg’s hospitals – the triage team will make the difference between life and death

The Salzburg state clinics are preparing for the next phase of escalation. It is feared that soon it will no longer be possible to care for all patients according to the applicable medical standards of care. That is why a six-person triage team has now been put together, which in future will have to decide who can be saved and who cannot.

The team consists of five physicians from various fields – including an internist, an intensive care physician and a palliative care doctor – and a lawyer, said SALK spokesman Wolfgang Fürweger on Tuesday morning. This team would then have to decide which patients can still be treated in intensive care. “Insufficient medical staff” In the escalation level 12, which has already been reached, 272 beds in the non-Covid area would currently be missing, from the next level “there is currently insufficient medical staff available Disposal”. In view of the sharp rise in the number of infections, the State of Salzburg also recently expected a further increase in Covid patients. “We therefore urgently appeal to the political leaders to take the necessary measures to significantly reduce the number of infections,” wrote SALK managing director Paul Sungler to the state government. Covid areas that no longer need to be taken care of in the hospital, but for which, for example, care beds are missing. These patients retain doctors and nurses. Negotiations are also being made with private hospitals to take over operations. A so-called Covid transfer station should also bring relief for corona patients who are still positive, but no longer need to be cared for as comprehensively.
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