The emergency stations of the Swiss hospitals are in the next few days than usual. As the heat wave washes you additional patients.

At the request of a VIEW of the University hospital of Zurich, the University hospital of Basel, say, the Inselspital Bern, the cantonal hospital of St. gall and the Lucerne cantonal hospital, that you believe in the coming days, a significant patient increase.

“are at risk, especially elderly or sick people who are alone at home,” said spokesman Philipp Lutz from the cantonal hospital of St. Gallen. “Therefore, we expect at the emergency room with a increase, in particular if the heat wave continues for a long time.” The elderly, the Sick and Pregnant women suffer due to the workload on the heart and blood vessels under the heat.

the longer the wave, the more emergencies there are

“in Addition, there are serious disturbances in water and salt balance of the body, which increases, in particular in patients with water can affect stop medicines dramatically,” said spokesman Nicolas Drechsler from the University hospital Basel. With additional patients, it is expected, because people are “often unable to deal well with the Situation and either too much or too little water drinking.”

The island’s hospital knows that the patient increases glut of more, the longer the extreme heat continues. “Very short heat periods do not necessarily lead to high growth. The heat period lasts more than two to three weeks, this can lead to an increase in patient volume,” says Aristomenis Exadaktylos, chief physician of the island-emergency station. There, patients would be prioritized with increased body temperature. Exadaktylos this: “you should not have to wait unnecessarily long.”

emergency air conditioning, bed stations

While the rooms of the emergency stations are air-conditioned, remain in the patient’s room, however, mostly non-refrigerated. Therefore, many maintenance teams cater to the needs of the patients suffering. “We offer cold compresses or put cold cloths on forehead and neck,” says Philip Lutz from the cantonal hospital of St. Gallen. “Pregnant women receive, on request, cold foot baths.” In the Unispital Basel’s fans or chilled infusions. Drechsel continues: “in Addition, our staff try to leave at night, cooler air to circulate. During the day the Sun blinds are closed.”

all the same, None of the hospitals will have to postpone surgery or is expecting delays from internal processes. Lutz: “For us, reigns still normal operation. There are almost every year, such heat waves, and we are prepared for it.”

older patients or patients with severe chronic diseases are affected by the heat especially since they can regulate their body temperature well and not enough or too much fluid to absorb.

The island’s hospital is doing research in this area, and examines whether hot days the blood picture affect. Aristomenis Exadaktylos, Director and chief physician of the University’s emergency center at the Bern University hospital, and his Team were able to show in a study with over 22’000 patients that the blood-salt values change on hot days. They noted many of the patients with hyponatremia during heat periods. This means that it has a low sodium concentration in the blood was found.

A lack of sodium can cause tremors in the rapid development of cerebral edema with headache, Nausea, muscle and epileptic seizures lead. In slow development for more than two days of fatigue, disorientation and change of personality in the foreground. In chronic hyponatremia disorders of gait and attention lead to Falls more frequent.