In Milton Keynes University Hospital In England, doctors and patients are in a war between life and death.
For the patients with the most severe symptoms, their lives are in “a thousand pounds hanging hair.”
Inflammation wave of acute respiratory tract COVID-19 the latest makes this hospital in northwest London much harder than the first wave of epidemics, as patients tend to rejuvenate and those with the most sick are less and less responsive to types. medicine.
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Doctors and nurses are straining to the fullest, while some patients are running out of health.
Mr. Stephen Marshall, 68 years old, is one such patient. After he tested negative for COVID-19 during back surgery, Marshall initially thought he had a cold.
Talking through a mask to aid in pumping oxygen into his lungs, he said that he should not remove the breathing apparatus, as this made his illness worse.
Nurses Joy Halliday said in the context of limited visits, doctors and nurses here have a role to support patients both medically and mentally. She expressed sympathy towards families when she took the phone and learned that a loved one’s illness was getting worse, agitated or oxygen levels were falling.
Ms. Halliday and other staff will have to get to know the patient, even in full protective gear, as well as interact while wearing masks and goggles.
The youngest patient in the eight-bed intensive care unit is Victorita Andries, a 51-year-old supermarket worker.
Ms. Andries was wearing an oxygen device when she was hospitalized five days ago. Meanwhile, the youngest patient in the entire hospital with a breathing aid is only 28 years old.
In the intensive care unit, where all 7 patients have COVID-19, the sound is primarily the sound of treatment machines and oxygen pumps.
Dr. Wassim Shamsuddin, Head of the Department of Anesthesia and Special Care, said the patients here are all being treated with mechanical ventilation, a method that requires painkillers.
Shamsuddin said now that the hospital is finding that patients’ health will not improve, if they need invasive ventilation, a method of ventilation by inserting an instrument into the trachea instead of using use a mask.
Dr. Shamsuddin said the death rate of patients who received intensive care in the hospital during the first wave of epidemic was 40%, but in the current period it has reached about 80%.
As explained by Mr. Shamsuddin, different from epidemic wave First, all patients with COVID-19 currently in the hospital are automatically treated with drugs Remdesivir and Dexamethasone after finding efficacy.
This means that the patients who are actively cared for during the second wave of epidemic are the ones with the most severe symptoms, because they have not responded to these drugs at all. It is not clear whether the new variant discovered in the UK will increase the mortality rate, he said.
According to Dr. Shamsuddin, the active care team, doctors and nurses have been added from other clinics to ensure a 1: 1 care ratio, never having to face the number of patients. mortality is so high.
Mr. Shamsuddin said that the intensive care hospitals were created with the aim of improving the health of patients, but the difficulty here is that even when trying to apply all treatments, the effect seems to be effective. trivial.
Milton Keynes University Hospital reports that the number of patients with COVID-19 at the hospital during the second wave of outbreaks was more than twice as high as in the first wave, now reaching 186 people. He said that next week, the intensive care department of the hospital will continue to be under great pressure.
To date, the total number of deaths caused by COVID-19 in the UK is 93,290, the highest in Europe and the 5th highest in the world, after the US, Brazil, India and Mexico.
Currently, there are 39,068 people with COVID-19 being treated in hospitals. On January 20, the country had 1,820 additional deaths, the highest since the pandemic broke out.