Hospital prepares for influx of patients with Covid as secondary illness

Rīga Stradiņš hospital is currently preparing for a different outbreak, with inflows of patients expected to have Covid-19 as a side diagnosis, said Rinalds Muciņš, chairman of the hospital's board, on Latvian Television January 20.

The current situation with Covid-19 patients at Stradiņš hospital was described by Muciņš as calm  – the increase in patient numbers is balanced. At the same time, doctors follow Covid-19 prevalence rates. “The records, the increase in the number of infected patients in the coming week will show how this will be reflected in the number of hospitalized patients,” the hospital manager said.

He also confirmed that the majority of Covid-19 patients in the hospital are still unvaccinated against the virus and the dominant one is still the Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus. A significant part of them needs intensive therapy.

Muciņš said that three waves of Covid-19 had been experienced by Stradiņš hospital so far and each of them had been different. “At this point, we are preparing for a different scenario. Patients infected with Covid-19 will be decentralized. This means that the most likely option – Covid-19 will be a second diagnosis, the patient will be hospitalized with other diseases, and only in the hospital will we learn of Covid-19 as a side diagnosis,” said the hospital manager.

Thus, more patients will need primary diagnosis treatment and possible treatment of complications caused by Covid-19.

Currently, more than 90% of the available beds are occupied at Stradiņš Hospital. The number of employees ill with Covid-19 has doubled in the past week, rising from 30 to 60. At the moment, it does not create problems in the operation of the hospital. However, if that number continues to grow, it may pose challenges in the treatment of patients.

 

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