one nurse for 22 patients


The fall of influenza and covid-19 in Catalonia does not decongest hospital emergencies. Most of them continue with a lot of pressure, at the level of others pre-pandemic winters. If last week the saturation of the emergencies of the Barcelona Sea Hospital, where some patients had to wait up to 90 hours to be moved upstairs is the emergency department Moises Broggi Hospitalin Sant Joan Despí, of which corridors they were this wednesday full of sick people for lack of beds. As in other health centers, they are mostly the elderly with a previous pathology who catches a respiratory virus and decompensates.

“There are some unbearable load levels. There are days when there is a shortage of nurses, which makes difficult to serve people well, denounce the doctors who work in the emergency room of Moises Broggi. The emergency room is full of covid and flu, “like all life”. “We have always had people in the hallways. Because we too missing beds: that’s why there are people in the corridors,” they add. The doctors themselves recall that there is a lack of health personnel in general (in Catalonia some 9,000 doctors will retire in the next decade), but above all nurses. Satse, the majority union for nurses, believes that around 24,000 are missing in Catalonia.

According to these medical voices, in Broggi’s emergency room these days there were nurses wearing each to 22 emergency patients. “These are patients who are there waiting for a bed, to be admitted, who They need medicine, hygiene… But since there is no room, instead of being on the ground, they wait in the emergency room,” they add. All this, while the Broggi Satellite Hospitalwhich was built in 2021 to relieve covid congestion, remains completely empty and without patients, due to insufficient staff.

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Other sources consulted by this log indicate that the underlying problem is the hospital emergency model of Catalonia. “The emergencies, which receive many patients, must be well organized, for that you need a management model and expert professionals. And it is very difficult to achieve in Catalonia and Spain,” they point out. The pandemic, they say, is making everything worse in a country where there is no emergency specialty.

The urgency is “vital” for the health sector. In 2019, Catalonia achieved almost nine million in emergency aid, but these must be “ordered” and in the hands of “experts”, which is difficult because, among other things, lack of doctors everywhere and more particularly in hospital emergencies. “The the emergencies and the infectious, What we lead the pandemic, We don’t have a specialty. There is a very significant over-demand, what does it have to do with him aging of the population, with basic accessibility, which increases emergency department visits.

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