Hospitals are bracing for an influx of Covid-19 patients before Christmas, but have made significant progress in their treatment and hope to cope with the influx, says a hospital chief.
Counties, said Manukau DHB Medical Director Pete Watson Morning report Their teams are already working hard to deal with Covid-19 patients, but based on advice from the modeling data, they expect the number of patients to increase.
“People are working very hard, we are starting to feel the tension. We expect the next few weeks to get busier … late November, early December, we should be at our peak, certainly here in Auckland.” .
“We are looking very hard and taking care of our staff, because it is difficult to take care of Covid patients, fully equipped with PPE.”
Watson said the hospital was making preparations.
“We have a Covid room almost full, so we are looking to have patients in another room and in other parts of the hospital.
“People feel like we’ll get by, but it’s going to be tough and tough for the next few weeks as we get closer to Christmas.”
Watson admits that Middlemore suffered its share of problems early in the current outbreak and that the disease remains a fierce and unpredictable foe.
But he believes that New Zealand’s hospitals and healthcare system are not in danger of being overrun, and doctors are now warned and prepared.
Vaccination rates reaching 90 percent on your DHB would make “a big difference,” he said.
“We’re seeing more numbers coming into the hospital, every day in Middlemore somewhere between 5 and 10 people show up with Covid … but the people who show up are not as bad as they used to be.
“Which means fewer people require longer hospital stays and fewer people require intensive care.”
He reiterated that even with improved results, some people would get very sick and others would die; “We are very concerned about people who are not vaccinated.”
At the start of the pandemic, survival rates were grim for Covid-19 patients admitted to intensive care units, particularly in places like Italy or New York, which saw the fastest increase in the number of cases.
Doctors were faced with a new disease that required different treatment strategies than other diseases, and that hard-won knowledge has now been refined and shared around the world to improve survival rates.
Watson said there are now also a handful of drugs known to be effective in treating Covid, which have been approved overseas and in New Zealand, including antivirals.
“That has been one of the things that has really put New Zealand in a better position than other countries, is that we have been able to receive these drugs.
“Covid is a different disease than other respiratory diseases; it has taken a while for people to learn the best way to treat it. Therefore, we are improving in the use of ventilation, in the use of steroids and with the arrival of new Medications that are administered. Our teams are an advantage. “
Those benefits equate to fewer desperately ill patients and for less time and mean less stress on resources.
“Let our teams give full attention to everyone who can benefit. There will be people who will get very sick, there will be people who will die from it, but the numbers will be less.”
Watson emphasized that the best way to help medical teams and keep communities and whānau safe is by getting vaccinated.