Here we go again. Apparently, we still haven’t learned our lesson.
When things started to get difficult, I assumed that hospitals would have promptly prepared for the emergency situation that was about to come their way, but that didn’t happen. Planned activities continued as usual, as if everyone in Wuhan were fools, creating hospitals for nothing.
Hospitals continued their normal schedule in the operating rooms and let dozens of people enter for non-urgent issues and appointments. In Italy, operating rooms were only closed in the second week of March, this is far beyond any logical sense.
We analyzed the reasons behind these choices in another article.
These late decisions had an extremely serious impact; we continued to waste precious resources which should have been safeguarded: masks, blood, etc.; operations led to occupying beds that could have been used for patients with the Coronavirus; people visited medical centers, thus risking infection, or infecting others, including health workers; valuable time was wasted setting up misused resources and getting them ready for what was coming.
Many doctors and nurses have already become infected, not through dealing with confirmed Coronavirus patients, but by interacting without the necessary protection with asymptomatic patients during non-urgent appointments.
Cities around the world are looking towards building entirely new hospital facilities to cope with the increasing demand. We are desperate to find masks and ventilators that are no longer available because we don’t produce them, and nobody is sending any to us.
In the meantime, what are governments doing? They keep doing things wrong!
The trend of the infection is substantially the same in all areas, but it arrives at different times. For areas not yet affected, there is perhaps less than a week to prepare!
Doctors must put pressure on the healthcare providers to stop all surgical activities and non-urgent visits and prepare to face the emergency!
CLOSE ALL THE OPERATING ROOMS. GET READY FOR THIS.
If you have a scheduled appointment or surgery, either in a public or private hospital, please consider carefully the possibility of NOT going to the hospital as there is a risk of becoming infected or bringing the virus to the health workers, whom you or your loved ones may need in the not so distant future. You may ask your doctor for advice before making such a potentially dangerous decision.
Some areas don’t have a lot of beds in their intensive care units, and they need to be available and ready for those affected by the Coronavirus.
Let’s not make the same mistake over and over again. The virus is spreading quickly.
Let’s try to overtake it at the photo finish!
Marco De Nardin, M.D., Anesthesiologist, and Critical Care Doctor