Spanish doctors must choose which patients to let die

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec28,2023 #patients #Spanish
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Spanish doctors must choose which patients to let die 4

`Under other circumstances, that old man would have had a chance to be saved. But here there are too many people, all dying at the same time,` said Dr. Daniel Bernabeu at La Paz hospital, one of the hospitals.

According to Bernabeu, intensive care units are overloaded and doctors are asked to prioritize treatment of young patients, because elderly people infected with nCoV do not have as good a chance of survival as young people.

At La Paz hospital, a large complex of 17 buildings, the emergency room on March 24 sometimes received up to 240 people waiting to be admitted.

`Colleagues are falling ill around us,` said Dr. Bernabeu.

Two medical staff chat next to an ambulance outside La Paz hospital in Madrid on March 23.

La Paz Hospital on March 25 renovated many waiting rooms into treatment rooms for Covid-19 patients.

However, the criteria for patients to be admitted to the intensive care unit are becoming more stringent.

Spain currently records nearly 58,000 infections and more than 4,300 deaths due to Covid-19, higher than China and second only to Italy.

Prime Minister Sanchez on March 8 encouraged Spaniards to participate in a mass march in support of International Women’s Day, despite northern Italy imposing a blockade.

About 120,000 people took part in the march in Madrid that day, including several ministers and Sanchez’s wife, Begona Gomez.

On March 15, Mr. Sanchez imposed a nationwide blockade.

However, with a severe shortage of intensive care beds, ventilators and protective equipment, doctors fear hospitals will be overwhelmed.

Spanish doctors must choose which patients to let die

Funeral workers move the coffin of a Covid-19 patient at the Severo Ochoa hospital in Madrid on March 25.

About 4,000 Spanish health workers have been infected, accounting for about 12% of the country’s cases.

Officials are also looking for more ventilators to keep critically ill patients alive in hospitals, operating rooms and military facilities.

The army has set up a 5,000-bed field hospital in a giant conference center on the outskirts of Madrid, expected to be completed this weekend.

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