In ten days, greedy patients became four times as many in Skåne’s wards. The increase does not yet threaten other health services, but it can change quickly if the spread of the infection continues to increase, warns Maria Josephson, manager of infection treatment operations at Skåne University Hospital.
Currently, 43 patients with covid-19 are seen in hospitals in Skåne: five in the intensive care unit and 38 in the treatment unit, half of them in Malmö.
The number of cases covid-19 in Skåne increased sharply last week and now the increase is also noticeable in hospitals.
Nine patients in a Scanian ward (not intensive care) ten days ago turned 38 today.
Half of them are located in the two wards of the infection clinic in Sus, Malmö.
– It is a big difference compared to just a week ago, says operations manager Maria Josephson.
The increase came not yet as a surprise.
– When the infection increases in society, then we also see an increase in inpatient care. We saw this pattern all the time.
Why so many cases of care in Malmö?
– Malmö is our big city, so it is most notable there. We saw in the last month that we had most cases in Malmö.
Maria Josephson is manager of infection operations at Sus.
What makes a greedy patient need hospital care?
– Oxygenation problems. You need help with oxygen treatment. That’s what makes you need to be hospitalized.
– But whoever is hospitalized in the infirmary is in different stages of the disease. It is not possible to say from the beginning who will be seriously ill.
How long does a greedy patient need to stay in the hospital?
– It varies, but about seven days. If the patient needs intensive care, it is clear that it will take longer.
Who’s in the hospital with covid-19 now?
– We have patients in all age categories. Partly younger, partly older who are over 80 and come from special housing. We didn’t see many of them this spring. But the latest media debate may have affected who is being sent to the hospital now.
Do you see signs of “cluster infection” in special groups?
– No. What we have seen in the last few weeks is a growing spread by society in all different contexts. He is at work, at parties, in sporting settings, in nursing homes. There are no specific clusters.
Maria Josephson, Sus’s infection operations manager, here with infectious disease doctor Karin Hansen.
State Skånes healthcare professionals must now wear mouth guards in all patient-centered care, something that was introduced in infection wards last week. The objective is to minimize the risk of the asymptomatic team infecting the recipients of care.
Is there any sign that healthcare professionals have infected patients?
– To accurately deduce the chains of infection with this virus is almost impossible, because it is very difficult to know who has infected whom and why you can carry the virus without symptoms, says Maria Josephson.
– But we learn more about this virus all the time. What’s good now is that we have better treatment options than last spring. We understand more about the virus. We know when to make what efforts. It’s good.
This spring was closed almost all planned (elective) care in the Skåne region. Now it’s resumed. But if the infection continues to increase dramatically, it is threatened.
– We are better prepared now than last spring, but there will still be consequences for many if we fail to implement elective assistance again, says Maria Josephson.
– You have to think about it, when you think about whether or not to go to that party. Each person’s position can have consequences for others.