Rapid increase in the number of corona beds… Medical staff just before discharge


Since the implementation of the phased daily recovery implementation plan on November 1, the number of corona19 confirmed patients has been in the mid-2,000 range for three days in a row, and medical staff are busy at Bakae Hospital in Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do on the morning of the 5th, when the spread continues. yunhap news

Paradoxically, the government, which ignored the persistent demands of civil society groups and health care workers for the expansion of ‘public health care’ after the COVID-19 outbreak, stuck to ‘public health care’ in a crisis situation. Concerns are rising over the government’s announcement that the National Medical Center, Seoul Medical Center, Veterans Hospital, and Industrial Accident Hospital will be introduced to take care of only COVID-19 patients. This is because the responsibility for government policy failure is being passed on to public hospital medical staff, patients, and the socially vulnerable. Officials agree that even now, private medical institutions should be more active in treating COVID-19 patients and share the pain.

As the government accelerated the securing of beds for patients with severe cases of COVID-19, the government took measures to put in related medical doctors and public health doctors, and to introduce 1,200 new personnel through the relocation of non-coronavirus personnel, but the on-site medical staff expressed disappointment. . In a situation where the end of Corona 19 is far away, I have been exhausted for the past two years, and if a large number of new personnel are put in, I am afraid that the work will be aggravated as they will have to take charge of their re-education. According to the Corona 19 Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters on the 22nd, it is estimated that about 1,200 people will be required to operate 6944 hospital beds exclusively for COVID-19, which will be additionally secured by January. There are about 104 doctors and about 1107 nurses. The government has decided to deploy surgeons and public health doctors in intensive care hospitals. 256 nurses in charge of critically ill patients, who are undergoing training centering on the Nursing Association, will also be put into operation by March next year. The rest of the workforce planned to redeploy those who were in charge of non-corona operations at existing medical institutions. However, there are already voices of concern in the field. This is because medical staff who have been continuously assigned to work in the intensive care unit for COVID-19 are complaining of fatigue. If personnel with insufficient experience in the intensive care unit are put in, the existing personnel must also take charge of their re-education. The common opinion of intensive care unit nurses is that no matter how much education they receive before being put into the field, the application to the field is different. Lee Bo-ra, president of the Humanitarian Doctors Association, said, “As nurses dispatched from outside have to adapt in hospitals due to improvised tinkering, it is difficult to see critically ill patients right away.” Nurse A, who worked in the corona intensive care unit at Severance Hospital for two years, said, “They are all very tired because they have been put into intensive care for COVID-19 without a break. “In the case of an intensive care unit, where people wear protective clothing and go to work, it will take longer to do their job properly,” he said. The government has also introduced measures to create a new allowance for medical staff in charge of COVID-19 in hospitals, but critics point out that it is insufficient to boost the morale of medical staff. Sohn Young-rae, head of the social strategy division of the Central Accident Resolving Headquarters (Cheongsubon), said at a regular briefing on the same day, “From January next year, an infection control allowance will be newly added to the hospital staff. will work,” he said. In the past, the difference in salaries with nurses dispatched to the middle school has been cited as a cause of lower morale and departure from hospital nurses. Eom Joong-sik, a professor of infectious diseases at Gachon University Gil Hospital, said, “As news of the increase in the number of corona intensive care units came out, people started to resign from this morning. My monthly salary will double or triple (about 4 million won),” he said. “The difference cannot be reduced with 1.5 million won,” he said. Meanwhile, on the same day, there were 1,063 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest number since the outbreak of COVID-19. As of 00:00 on the 22nd, there were 7,456 new confirmed cases, an increase of 2,254 from the previous day (5202), exceeding 7,000. By Ahn Tae-ho, Kwon Ji-dam and Jang Hyeon-eun, staff reporters [email protected]


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