The total number of patients in intensive care continues to fall, almost reaching the number of IC beds in the Netherlands before the start of the corona crisis. On 1,207 IC beds were occupied on Wednesday, where the capacity before the virus outbreak was 1,150 beds.
The total number of Dutch corona patients in intensive care is 804, but 28 of them are in Germany. In addition, there are also 431 non-corona patients on the ICU.
Although nearly thirty Dutch patients are in German hospitals, these patients cannot be completely released in the calculations. Remaining Dutch patients and the help of German hospitals is a favor, but if it is determined that they have to return to the Netherlands, there must be room for that.
Ernst Kuipers, chairman of the National Network Acute Care (LNAZ), expects the number of corona patients in intensive care departments to continue to decrease in the coming period.
Number of non-corona patients on IC is going to rise
On the other hand, however, the number of non-corona patients who require intensive care will increase. Regular care - postponed because of the coronavirus - is being picked up more and more and that is visible in the figures, according to Kuipers.
"The number of non-COVID patients on the IC has fluctuated between 340 and 350 in recent weeks. Now there are significantly more (431, ed.) Than we have had in recent weeks," said Kuipers.
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Capacity ic must increase structurally
Approaching the old capacity of the intensive care unit does not mean that IC occupancy will structurally return to the old level, Diederik Gommers (chairman of the Dutch Association for Intensive Care) already wrote in a letter to the IC staff.
As long as there is no vaccine, the coronavirus will continue to infect Dutch people and this will cause a structural occupation of corona patients on the ICU.
In total, 500 to 600 extra IC beds are required, compared to the 1,150 that the Netherlands had before the corona crisis.
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