It transports us younger patients and in more severe conditions

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“Already in the spring, we were the only covid center in the Zlín region, so we just continued smoothly. Since September 14, we have had a full ward for positive patients. Now they are next door to the ICU, so we have seventeen of them. These are severe to critical conditions, “the nurse, who leads a team of thirty nurses and three nurses, described her patients.

“In the spring, the admission of patients was slower, if I compare. Now it’s chaotic, it’s fast and their conditions are very serious. Unlike in the spring months, when they were people of retirement age with many associated diagnoses, now they are also younger grades, as well as forties, in productive age, “said Burešová.

We will never get used to it

“We are dying, of course. You never get used to it. It is a failure of medicine. We try to do our best for everyone. But now more than mortality scares me another thing, “confided Práva to an experienced nurse.

“In the spring, the nation was common, taking action with humility, as a necessity. This is no longer the case now. We see it around us outside the hospital. People often ignore the measures, they do not want to limit themselves. And that indiscipline is reflected in what we see here. I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel now. It will be a long time, “adds Burešová.
At the moment, despite other complications, the paramedics who work under her command are completely subordinating their lives to the service.

“So far, I can easily replenish shifts as soon as someone drops out. The sisters come from home, even though they should have had time off. None of them will stay at home even after the schools have closed. They all arranged babysitting. We have respirators, even beds, but I’m still afraid of what the problem would be if, despite all efforts, more people dropped out at once, “said the station nurse, who had to deal with a single nurse outage among her subordinates due to a covid infection.

“It’s a huge success, considering we had covid patients here even in the summer. We have mastered all the processes in terms of protective suits and the work system. But of course, that doesn’t mean we don’t suffer in those suits, “he says.

“We already have light respirators, so the bruises aren’t like that. We eliminated the masks. The worst is probably sweating in suits. The nurses also complain of severe headaches, loss of appetite, shortness of breath and nausea. In the spring, a colleague ended up in infusion therapy because she collapsed. We also underestimated the drinking regime a bit last time, so one nurse subsequently had kidney inflammation, “she added.

Šárka Burešová and her subordinates spend three hours receiving the patient in protective suits, respirators, shields and gloves. During the twelve-hour shift, the process of dressing, undressing and disinfecting, which is estimated at three to five minutes, is repeated on average ten times by paramedics at the ARO department.

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