The Ljubljana Infectious Diseases Clinic will only treat covid-19

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Infectious Diseases Clinic at the University Medical Center Ljubljana. Photo: BoBo

Two patients from the intensive care unit and 13 patients from the ordinary ward will be transferred to the Peter Držaj Hospital in Šišan today and on Friday, and two patients will be transferred to another ward of the University Medical Center Ljubljana, said the director general of the institution. Janez Poklukar.

The Clinic for Infectious Diseases and Febrile Conditions will thus only treat patients with covid-19. Those who have been in contact with the infected and cannot go to the regular ward immediately will be placed in the gray zone.

The situation in hospitals is getting worse

What is the realistic picture of the burden of health care

Poklukar pointed out that only the data on the treatment of patients with covid-19 do not give a true picture of the burden on the health system, but in addition to the data on how many infected are treated, also how many quarantine beds and how many beds in gray zone.

In quarantine beds, he said, are patients who need hospital treatment but were in contact with an infected person before admission and it is not possible to predict whether they will get covid-19 in the next 14 days or not. “So we can’t put them among the remaining patients, but we have to treat them separately. So we actually run three systems in parallel,” he said in a statement to the media.

Due to lack of staff stopped a special program

General Director of UKC LJ Janez Poklukar.  Photo: BoBo

General Director of UKC LJ Janez Poklukar. Photo: BoBo

He pointed out that due to the growing number of patients associated with covid-19, they are short of medical staff, so they have already stopped the implementation of a special program, which was carried out outside regular working hours. If the pressure on hospitals continues in the future, he said, they will have to gradually stop other programs, first probably non-urgent ones, such as hip or knee surgeries, non-urgent gallbladder surgeries and the like.

Today, Poklukar did not want to talk about the list of programs that would be stopped first, because he has to go for an agreement at the level of the UKC expert council. “The direction, however, is likely to be similar to that in the first wave,” he said.

According to him, whether other programs will have to be stopped also depends mainly on the citizens or how consistently they will adhere to the measures. “Today, there is no health care system that can withstand without the participation of everyone, and so it will be with us,” he said. he said. According to him, they do not want to cancel the programs, but it will be necessary for them to be able to help the infected who need hospitalization.

A negative test is no guarantee that you will not get sick

He particularly pointed out the problem of false safety of those who had a negative test result for the new coronavirus. If you get a negative test result, this is just information for that moment and it does not mean that you do not have a virus and that you will not be contagious. You can be contagious in two days. Therefore, one should behave responsibly until the symptoms completely disappear, he said. He also called for the use of the #StayHealth app, which can be “great extra tool”.

Photo: BoBo

Photo: BoBo

Red zones for nursing homes

Head of the Clinic for Infectious Diseases and Febrile Conditions at the University Medical Center Ljubljana Tatjana Lejko Zupanc called on old people’s homes to provide red zones as soon as possible, where care recipients could be relocated if necessary, “because only in this way will we be able to prevent the spread of the virus in homes for the elderly”.

“The capacity of all nursing beds in the country is undoubtedly too small to ensure the reception of all those who become infected,” she said.

She herself called for respect for the measures. “Let the socializing, which often takes place a little in secret, stop. People should stick to wearing masks, disinfecting their hands and maintaining physical distance. If we stick to it, we will control the virus quickly, but if it doesn’t, I don’t dare to predict the future. But we could see what it was like in Brazil, the United States and Italy when nothing worked, “ she warned. All those who claim that there is no virus, that everything is a scam and that quarantine is not necessary, have been invited to join them in the work and see for themselves what the situation is.

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