The hospital is currently experiencing a large number of staff absenteeism due to both coronary artery disease and other respiratory infections.
– We are in an operating situation that has come under great pressure and is extremely demanding for our employees, says communications director Marit Kvikne to Dagbladet.
– The hospital is full and the emergency preparedness was raised to a yellow level in early November.
The reasons are complex, she explains.
– The hospital now has a growing number of patients ready to discharge and today there are 30 patients waiting in their community for services. In addition, we have a large influx of patients with respiratory infections, RS virus and pneumonia. In addition, we have the highest number of approved Covid-19 patients that we have had during the pandemic.
Pick up staff
On Wednesday, the hospital reported 21 admitted corona patients. Seven of them in intensive care, six of them on a ventilator.
The pressurized situation has resulted in the hospital postponing planned operations that can wait.
The hospital has also asked other hospitals for help and is now getting nurses from Helse Nord-Trøndelag, among others, says Kvikne.
30 employees at UNN
The University Hospital Northern Norway (UNN) has also come under heavy pressure recently. On Wednesday, the hospital reported 24 hospitalized corona patients.
The hospital is also having an outbreak in the cardiology department, where there are now five infected patients as well as 12 infected staff that may be linked to the outbreak, communications advisor Jørn Resvoll Dagbladet informs. Not all infected areas are in the appropriate department, he emphasizes.
Otherwise, UNN does not keep a detailed overview of the number of infected employees, but estimates that, according to Resvoll, there were around 30 employees who tested positive in the past week. These are mostly isolated cases or smaller outbreaks.
In November, 27 employees at Østfold Hospital were diagnosed with the coronavirus, the Dagbladet Hospital announced. In October it was 21.
Here, too, there is a large influx of patients.
– Medical 24-hour areas continuously have a utilization rate of over 100 percent, which makes operations demanding, says process director Liv Marit Sundstøl to Dagbladet.
me without ukes reports for the final week, which came on Wednesday, the FHI writes that week 45, a record number of outbreaks were recorded in healthcare facilities. A total of 22 outbreaks have been reported. The number of announced outbreaks has increased in recent weeks, writes the FHI.
4000 with third dose
In early November, the government decided to offer a third dose of the coronary vaccine to health professionals who have had contact over time with patients at particularly high risk of developing the disease.
It is estimated that around 200,000 healthcare workers will be offered so-called booster doses in this round.
If health workers are infected, this can lead to increased sickness absences and thus to capacity bottlenecks in the health care system and there is a risk that an infection will be passed on from health workers to patients at risk and those in need of care, wrote FHI.
– Little has been done to vaccinate health workers. More than 9,000 cans have currently been discontinued, said Deputy Director Geir Bukholm at the FHI to Dagbladet on Wednesday.
“Quite busy” in Bergen
The Dagbladet Hospital announced that 18 infected employees had been registered at the Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen in November. It was 17 all October.
Special Adviser Aleksander Valestrand says the number could be higher as most of the staff are testing with the community and there may be sluggishness in the system.
– In general, I can say that the hospital is currently quite full, as it has been in the last few weeks, he says.
Stricter measures are now being considered in Bergen.
With an average of over 100 infected people per day in the last few days, health councilor Beate Husa in Bergen says that the community will hold a meeting with the NIPH this afternoon about the situation.
– We’ll listen to what they have to say and have asked the infection control chief to give the city council a specific recommendation tomorrow, she says Dagbladet.
They don’t want to say anything specific about what they want to introduce.
The number of infected people in Bergen calls into question the proof of infection, and admissions to Helse Bergen are also increasing.
– We also get reports that the inmates will be staying in the hospital a little longer. In addition to the fact that many children hospitalized with RS virus are reported to require a large capacity. Therefore, the overall situation is important for our assessment, says Husa and adds:
– It is very important not to catch up with what Trondheim and Tromsø are now grappling with. Against this background, it is important to assess whether measures can be defended due to the infection situation without these being perceived as too burdensome for the population, says Husa.
– Not a big problem
There is no longer a comprehensive overview of the number of infected employees at Oslo University Hospital (OUS). OUS informs Dagbladet that they have contracted the workforce but currently do not feel that this is a major problem. The hospital also has no ongoing major outbreaks affecting operations.
23 corona patients are currently admitted to the OUS. Nine of them are in the intensive care unit and wear a ventilator. Five of the patients are described as “particularly demanding” because they are receiving what is known as ECMO treatment.