[단독] “It’s been 20 days, so move it” to 210 seriously ill patients

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The number of new coronavirus cases has risen to 7,000 again. The number of patients with severe severe cases also exceeded 1,000, the highest ever. As the number of patients increases, there are not enough beds, and the situation in which you cannot go to the hospital even if you are sick is already becoming a reality in many places.

So, in principle, the government limited the period that a person can be in the intensive care unit to 20 days in order to secure more beds. It has been confirmed that the

This is the exclusive report by Cho Dong-chan, a medical reporter.

This is an order sent by the head of the Central Accident Remediation Headquarters, that is, Minister of Health and Welfare Kwon Deok-cheol, to a corona confirmed person who has been in the intensive care unit for more than 20 days.

He emphasized that if he does not move to a general ward, he will have to pay the treatment fee, which was free until now, and may be fined up to 1 million won for negligence.

The order was sent to more than 210 people.

A powerful card was taken out to streamline the operation of the intensive care unit.

Last week, 40% or 400 of the 1,000 or so critically ill patients were admitted to the intensive care unit for more than 20 days in violation of the government guidelines, because 210 people thought they no longer needed intensive care.

At Asan Medical Center in Seoul, 15 out of 50 critically ill patients exceeded 20 days, and 7 patients received extension approval because they needed more critically intensive care, but the remaining 8 patients were all decided to go to general hospitals.

But in reality, not even one was sent.

[서울아산병원 관계자 : 의료진들이 환자 분들을 설득하는데 대부분 (일반병동으로) 가지 않겠다고 이런 의사를 표현하고 있습니다. 치료하고 있는 병원에서 이제 연이어서 이제 계속 치료받기를 원하십니다.]

It is difficult to find a hospital dedicated to Corona that will accept patients.

[김성한/서울아산병원 감염관리센터장 : 지금 실제로 막 우리가 한 스무 군데 (전담병원)에 전화를 해보면 이 환자들은 못 받겠다는 거예요. 병상을 만들어 놓지 않고 행정명령이 가다 보니까 이분들이 이제 나가지도 못하고 그런 상황입니다.]

Dedicated hospitals are also complaining.

[유인상/김포 뉴고려병원장 (코로나 전담병원) : (20일 초과 중환자가) 감염력이 없다고 하지만 의료진에 대해서도 좀 저희도 어떤 부분에 대해서 방역을 좀 강화해야 하는 부분이 있어서 가능하면 (간단한) 3종이나 4종 보호구를 입고 안심병동 개념으로 이렇게 입원을 유도하려고 합니다.]

An official from the quarantine authorities said that they were aware of the confusion at the beginning of the implementation, and said that they would find a point of improvement instead of imposing a fine on patients who refused to apply.

(Video editing: Kim Jun-hee, CG: Kim Jong-un·Choi Jae-young)

Reference-news.sbs.co.kr

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