Also in Germany, is now preparing apparently to such a scenario. In a Letter from seven medical societies, it is, according to the “FAZ”, it was in spite of an already made to increase capacity, probably, “that in Germany, too, in a short time, not enough intensive care resources for all patients are available”.

The consequences would be dramatic, as the report outlines: “If not all critically ill patients can be admitted to the intensive care unit, be similar to the Triage in disaster medicine about the distribution of the limited resources available to be decided.” It was then, so to make”unavoidable,” a selection of what people are acute or intensive medical treatment and which are not.

Over 80-Year-old will no longer meet

ventilated Already, Doctors have to make some the so-called Triage, i.e., decisions about life and death. At the University hospital of Strasbourg in France, for example, Covid not be ventilated since last week-19-patients who are over 80 years old and in critical condition. And in Italy, the case of a 72-year-old priest, who renounced device for a younger patient on mechanical ventilation and subsequently died, for tragedy has caused a stir. The Coronavirus-reporting of FOCUS Online on Facebook

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group “#corona care: Germany helps” to join

However, not all countries in Europe, the pandemic hits, yet equally hard. Not only are the numbers of cases vary significantly. Also the supply systems of the individual States are different racks. In Austria for example, where around 6,000 people are suffering from Covid-19, must be supplied according to the Science Media centre so far, “only” 0.4 percent of all cases in intensive care. In France, by contrast, one out of every ten Ill on an intensive care unit.

Less severely affected countries could help

Now the Calls for a European solution for the distribution of Corona-patient louder. “The EU Commission should play in the distribution of patients with severe symptoms in intensive care beds for a stronger coordinating role. You should encourage countries to report available Intensive care capacity,” said Peter Liese (CDU), health policy spokesman of the EPP group in the European Parliament, the “world”.

Could, therefore, absorb less strongly affected countries, patients from congested countries, in order to mitigate the bottlenecks in health care?

“is The idea itself makes sense,” said Boris Augurzky, health economist at Essen, the Leibniz-Institute for economic research (RWI), in an interview with FOCUS Online. “Especially in the border regions of a well-coordinated distribution of patients to regional can bring relief, even now.” In a small scale, this happens already. In the past few weeks, German hospitals have included individual intensive care patients, for example, from the neighboring country of France. And on Thursday evening, the Foreign office announced to 47 seriously ill Corona-patients from Italy and fly out. FOCUS-Online-action #corona care: Germany helps!

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Germany, would create the largest host country

In the current crisis, a Europe-wide intensive bed quota in a big way, however, to cope with the Quick hard to believe Augurzky. “Alone is not logistically work. You can intense mass with a flight not subject witnesses to cross through Europe to fly.“ Only over shorter distances, an installation of Covid could-19-patient trial.

in Addition, according to the health expert, it would in the case of a mass redistribution of patients in Germany, which has beds to the number of inhabitants based by far the most intensive shall be liable, currently the largest host country. Given the high case, the answer is hardly to pay in this country. “It is difficult to explain to its own population that receives patients from other countries, because there are still more people dying than in the us.”

4000 Corona-patients in German hospitals

at The present time, German hospitals could cope with an intake of foreign patients in theory still, as Figures of the German hospital society (DKG) show. Currently (As Of 26.3.) therefore be treated approximately 4000 Corona-patients in German hospitals inpatient. At around 1000 Affected the course of the disease is so severe that they need intensive medical care. The world is better than your bad news – FOCUS Online provides you every Friday with the best stories from the field perspectives. Subscribe here for free Newsletter:

Before the start of the crisis, approximately 28,000 were according to the DKG intensive care beds in Germany, including 25,000 with a respirator option. Typically, 70 to 80 percent of these spaces were occupied by other people who are ill. The actual number of free beds is likely to be much higher, such as a DCT speaker to FOCUS Online emphasizes: “To date, has increased Intensive care capacity by approximately 50 percent. In the case of the respiration capacity, we expect a short-term increase to 30,000. We expect 1500 new units per month.“

“pandemic is like a Tsunami wave”

a public health expert Augursky believes, however, that in spite of all efforts, also in Germany, the capacity limits in the course of April can be achieved. The now Infected would not for another two weeks really sick and would need medical care, argues Augursky. “The Corona pandemic is like a Tsunami wave, which also runs. If we’re lucky, we will exceed our capacity limits just like that.”

Then, so Augursky, would not have to decide the German Doctors about which patients receive intensive medical care and be cared for even palliative, that does not mean pain but the causes of the disease fidgeting. Nevertheless, inclusion of patients from other countries in this Situation is hardly possible.

relieve the Distress in the congested hospitals in the event of a Pandemic, it would have long-term decisions for the effective coordination and distribution of medical supplies to be taken, calls Augursky. “For the future, it will be especially important to have the appropriate resources in stock.” Ventilators, for example, could be stored without problems over several decades. Because there is no corresponding technical personnel to support almost, “you might think about schools and also medical personnel who are not usually works with these devices on a regular basis, to be used in case of the supply of fast driving,” Augursky. “Prospects” in FOCUS Online

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Can help the European database?

Also because EU member States beds data-intensive and ventilation places charge very different, it is in the current crisis for health authorities to learn hard, where, under certain circumstances, capacities are free. Uniform survey standards or even a European “intensive care medicine database” could help that vital equipment in case of emergency, are used where they are really needed.

Also, the inclusion of patients who are severely ill Covid-19-patients from abroad can help to defuse the Situation in the most affected crisis areas. However, such measures, for logistical reasons, work have to fight only in a small extent and then only if there are not many States in Europe at the same time, with high case and the shortage of Intensive care capacity.

After the “great wave” of suffering, mitigate

Exactly this scenario, virologists, and experts expect for the next few weeks. To us, a Phase before, so, in each country the primary is trying to protect its own population. If this “great shaft is exceeded, and the Infected” to a climax, and the numbers of cases in Europe and then hopefully fall can be the exchange of patients between strongly and less strongly affected countries is a way to alleviate suffering in hospitals and clinics. In the FOCUS Online/Wochit In the