The bulletin that accounts for Covid cases must remain unchanged. According to what has been learned, this would be the orientation that emerged during today’s meeting of the Technical Scientific Committee regarding the request of the Regions to change the ways in which Covid patients are counted in hospitals. The experts, again according to sources of the Committee, would have reiterated the need to continue to count even asymptomatic patients who enter the hospital for other reasons but who test positive for the virus to monitor the progress of the pandemic and identify variants.
The possible modification of the criteria on the count of positive Covid hospitalized “does not work. The numbers of infected people, the trend of positive hospitalized in the medical area and in the intensive care units, however they are counted overload the hospitals and exhaust the professionals. Doctors they feel alone “. Thus the president of the Federation of Medical Orders (Fnomceo), Filippo Anelli. Minister Speranza “should carefully and with the right prudence evaluate the requests of the Regions. We are asking for measures to control the epidemic, not make-up operations that – he says – disguise the tragic nature and extent of the pandemic”.
“Doctors – explains Anelli – feel lonely. Alone in defending the citizens’ right to health, even before they are included in their professional and work discomfort and lack of recognition of their social role”. The modification of the criteria, he underlines, “cannot be a make-up operation that disguises the tragic nature and extent of the pandemic. The trend of positives hospitalized in non-critical areas and in intensive care, however they are counted, overload hospitals and pathways of territorial care; and they bring to the limit the professionals, engaged for two years in the management of the pandemic. Professionals who feel, in fact, alone, while also the public institutions pursue the understandable objective of avoiding new restrictive measures. achieved neither to the detriment of the safety and working conditions of operators nor the health of citizens “.
Positive patients, “even if they enter the hospital for other pathologies, still require isolation procedures, dedicated personnel, obliged, as the Anaao-Assomed union points out, to long dressing and undressing procedures – adds Anelli -. They steal human resources and economic to a system that must also take care of all the other pathologies “. And again: “In these days, due to the high number of infections, the reconversion of entire departments, the diversion of staff to positive patients. Consequently, hospitalizations and non-urgent interventions are postponed, with the risk that the clinical conditions of patients worsen, the lengthening of waiting lists and the relative overloading of the territory. In the end, we will all pay the price, doctors and citizens “.
Therefore, concludes President Fnomceo, “we ask the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, to carefully and with the right prudence evaluate the request of the Regions and to represent to the Prime Minister Mario Draghi the bitterness of the medical profession and the request for measures that , by controlling the epidemic, enable doctors and operators to carry out their work in adequate conditions to safeguard health “.
Source From: Ansa