There are no vacancies. In the intensive care unit at La Chaux-de-Fonds hospital in western Switzerland, ten beds, isolated from each other, are occupied by patients with the coronavirus, and doctors have no doubts: the second wave was much fiercer than the first.
“This morning, I was asked to include another patient, so I had to transfer more stable patients to another hospital to open new vacancies,” explained doctor Hervé Zender, head of the intensive care unit.
“This is something we do almost every day, because the units are always full,” he added.
Photo shows protective masks of health workers hanging on ICU doors for Covid-19 patients at a hospital in La Chaux-de-Fonds, western Switzerland, on Thursday (5). – Photo: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP
Covid-19 has hit Switzerland again for several weeks – and especially in the French-speaking region, where hospital capacity is nearly saturating.
“We have a lot more patients,” said Zender.
Photo shows health professionals in an emergency room for Covid-19 patients at a hospital in La Chaux-de-Fonds, in western Switzerland, on Thursday (5). – Photo: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP
In the emergency room, the head nurse, Brigitte Hostettler, explains:
“Say the first wave was quite bearable, we managed to get everything under control and there wasn’t a big inflow. But this new one is very difficult to manage. There are many patients in the hospital, it is complicated and many people have also tested positive [para o coronavírus] in the team. “
Health professionals monitor patients admitted to the Covid-19 ICU at a hospital in La Chaux-de-Fonds, western Switzerland, on Thursday (5). – Photo: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP
As for patients, “There are a few of all ages, a lot of elderly people, between 70 and 80 years or more, but there are also young people, 35 or 45 years old,” added Hostettler.
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The canton of Neuchâtel, where the La Chaux-de-Fonds hospital is located, had an incidence of 314 positive cases per 10,000 inhabitants, “nearly double” across Switzerland (174 per 10,000 inhabitants), the network director said. local hospital in a statement.
The pandemic in Switzerland: the canton of Neuchâtel, where the La Chaux-de-Fonds hospital is located, has a Covid-19 incidence that has nearly doubled that of the entire country – – Photo: G1
In an effort to deal with this situation, the network has assigned additional bed and staff capacity to serve up to 250 patients with Covid-19.
This Wednesday (4), 120 positive patients and 19 suspected infections, awaiting results, were hospitalized, according to data from the network.
La Chaux-de-Fonds Hospital suspended all surgical activities. The most urgent operations can only be performed at another hospital in the canton.
The photo shows health workers wearing protective clothing against Covid-19 at a hospital in La Chaux-de-Fonds, western Switzerland, on Thursday (5). The hospital has suspended all surgical activities, and emergency surgery can only be performed at another hospital in the canton of Neuchatel. – Photo: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP
At the same time they understand the “disturbance” of the population with sanitation measures, employees assume that they don’t realize how bad the situation is very fast at the hospital.
Some also considered the federal council very shy in the face of a second wave – and welcomed the decision to close restaurants, shops and partial lockdowns adopted at the county level. Everyone expects action to stop the flow of patients.
“Everyone is tired, mentally and physically tired,” said Jérémy Bouhelier, head of nursing in the intensive care unit.
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