The hospitals are busy: preparing for a continued struggle


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Due to the continued spread of the epidemic and the increase in the number of critically ill patients, hospitals are now preparing to open more corona wards for fear that the number of critically ill patients will continue to climb. Hospitals are already facing a heavy burden on the medical staff in the corona wards and hospitals are being forced to prepare for the continued fight against the virus.

Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon announced last night, after the fast began, that it was preparing to open a fourth corona ward after opening another ward during Yom Kippur. “Last weekend we received twenty new patients, which is almost a second ward, in less than 48 hours,” says Prof. Yaniv Scherer, the hospital’s director. “Our three departments were filled and during Yom Kippur we had to quickly train another department. That is, an internal department closed and became a corona department.”

The director of the hospital said that the fear of escalation in the south makes the hospital preparations more complex, “this means we have fewer regular internal beds and to allow for hospitalization we have deployed another internal ward in the underground hospital complex, designated for days of security tensions in the Gaza Strip. Creates an even greater burden on the internal departments, and the fact that the emergency hospital in Barzilai is currently caught in routine beds is a problem if we are in a double battle of corona and missiles. I hope there will be no escalation in the security situation, because then the emergency hospital is already occupied “.

Other hospitals also have heavy loads with hundreds of patients hospitalized in corona wards. According to data from hospitals around the country collected by Ynet, 121 patients are currently hospitalized in the corona wards at Hadassah Ein Kerem in Jerusalem, of which 25 are in intensive care units – 13 of them are breathing. This is an increase of 30 corona patients in just three days.

In a much smaller hospital, the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, 108 corona patients are hospitalized – the largest number of corona patients after Hadassah Ein Kerem. 48 of the patients are defined as in critical condition, of whom 17 are in critical condition – respiratory and on the verge of respiration.

At Assaf Harofeh Hospital, 85 patients are hospitalized in the corona wards, of whom 43 are in serious condition, including 11 respirators.

During Yom Kippur, Rambam Hospital in Haifa had to call medical staff from home to reinforce the corona wards, after another 24 patients were hospitalized in the Keter wards of the underground hospital. The hospital has 78 patients, 41 of whom are in critical condition, 16 of whom are breathing. In the coming days, another corona ward will be opened at Rambam.

At Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva, 52 patients are hospitalized in the coronary wards and in the corona intensive care unit. 22 of them in critical condition.

At the Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba, 59 patients are hospitalized in the corona wards, 14 of them in critical condition (including 11 respirators) and 27 in critical condition. At Sheba Hospital in Tel Hashomer, 11 corona patients were hospitalized during the holiday, including two in intensive care. 55 corona patients, including eight respirators, are currently hospitalized at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon.

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