Urgently wanted: thousands of nurses for the second wave corona

Attempts to Dutch hospitals to prepare for a possible second wave of corona patients spoke threaten to walk because of an acute shortage of nurses in intensive care units. For October 1, thousands of people have to be trained, recruited or enticed to longer hours.

That cry does the National Network Acute Care (LNAZ) to the government and the hospital management. The LNAZ distributes Corona patients to hospitals. The Cabinet has been instructed to prepare for a new large-scale outbreak of the virus, regionally or nationally.

That should this time without getting another bed or exciting all patients and must be shut down without almost any other medical care. To this end the current ic capacity of 1,150 beds must be scaled up to 1,350 beds at 1.700. There must also be possible 1,300 regular hospital beds are extra corona patients.

Those beds themselves are not the problem, associated caregivers do. For the corona outbreak already threatened shortage of ICU nurses. The LNAZ recommends to expand rapidly out to the government and hospitals. In extreme emergency scenario 5200 additional ICU nurses need plus 2453 nurses in the other departments of the hospitals.

That will not happen if not quickly buried all the stops, warns Network. The program – which normally takes 18 months – should be accelerated. The box should be quick attractive with better working conditions, more control over working hours and flexible childcare. This should not only be recruited new nurses but also persuaded former nurses to return to the hospital.

Furthermore LNAZ calls for expansion of the ambulance capacity to seven additional Mobile Intensive Care Units (in addition to the current seven) for transporting patients between hospitals corona.

Some relief for Dutch hospitals have come as the first wave in Germany, where many more ic capacity is available. Alone in the neighboring state of North Rhine-Westphalia have 300 hospitals meanwhile willingness to provide assistance if the emergency is again high in the Netherlands.

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