The growing overcrowding in Victoria’s health care system is a “bigger public health emergency” than Covid, according to a leading emergency physician who had exhausted doctors and nurses in the state even before the recent outbreak.
Victoria is inside Seven days of woodcutting Community broadcast cases0 cases, more than 120 exposure sites, and 1,000,000 primary and secondary contacts of isolated cases.
President of the Victoria Faculty of Emergency Medicine Australasian College, Drs. Ms Kubit said on Friday that doctors and nurses at public hospitals were worried about the condition as she was still recovering from the second wave of Victoria in 2020.
At its height, the outbreak saw more than 70,000 new cases in a single day. There were a total of 76868 deaths with hundreds of health workers infected.
“We are in the worst crisis that healthcare has faced in many years,” Cubit said.
“You can say that too – and I’d love to talk to you.” [chief health officer Prof] It’s about Brett Sutton – that access block and system congestion is the biggest public emergency at the moment. Whether we have a colic outbreak or not, emergency physicians and all of us health workers who pierce the health care system are under a lot of pressure. ”
Many factors created the crisis, Cubit said. After the extended lockdown in Victoria in 2020, there was still a backlog of people accessing healthcare when patients were slow to seek help.
The lack of beds in the ward meant there was nowhere to send people back in an emergency.
“There were crowded waiting rooms where a hundred people couldn’t get in through the front door of the hospital and then dozens of people into the emergency department who couldn’t be admitted,” she says.
“How do you distance yourself socially? In the current crisis facing our healthcare peers, you overcame the complexity and process challenges of covid-related infection control, and it’s tiring. People are tired. They can’t rest.”
Emergency doctors said hospital staff were on record sick leave. Many fell ill with Kovid, including Kubit himself, and were still suffering from fatigue and other side effects.
“Sick rates are off the chart, especially in the emergency sector, and I’m really concerned about our ability to maintain the workforce,” she said.
“They need time to recharge and recover. It doesn’t matter if you were a coward or a helper in between. Everyone is tired – including the cleaners who were tired of the rest of us.”
Cubit said a positive one was now being vaccinated “which helps us feel safe”.
Health workers were also treating Kovid as well as other novelly ill tendencies, such as abnormalities High rates of respiratory infections in children In the summer
“Then there are clearly new and novel pediatric mental health problems that are unprecedented. It is a combination of so many things that demand has increased in a new way that we have not been treated with. There are obstacles everywhere. “
An associate professor of public health at the university Melbourne, Mary Bismarck, who is also a psychiatrist registrar working in emergency mental health care Melbourne, If the latest Victorian outbreak was triggered.
“Yesterday, for the first time since last year, I had to put on a face shield, and when I put it on, I suddenly felt my heart pounding,” Bismarck said.
“I realized that while working in the Covid ward and working in the intensive care unit with Covid-positive patients, there was some trauma because when I was last on the facial shield. I had this kind of sympathetic nervous system reaction. “
Bismarck said emergency departments were expanded long before the new outbreak.
“What we’re seeing is this epidemic wave of mental health presentations,” she said. “We now suspect that another wave of the Kovid epidemic is coming to us, while we are working on the latest outbreak of the epidemic after last year.”
He stressed that it is important that individuals seek medical care and do not delay going to the emergency department if they were unwell.
“Last year there was some real concern to the emergency department about sick patients because they’re too scared of the system, but we really want to get inside the patients.”
The Australian College of Emergency Medicine is seeking greater co-operation and co-ordination between state, regional and federal governments to address the acute hospital access crisis that puts patients at risk.
Of The Australian Medical Association warned last week that the hospital system was not ready For a significant outbreak of covid-1 of.
The president of the association, Dr. Omar Khorsid said on Friday: “When the system is under stress, errors are more likely to occur and the quality of care is reduced.”
“The potential impact could be a combination of the reasons our hospitals are struggling,” he told Guardian Australia on the first day of Victoria’s week-long lockout.
“My suspicion is that many of us Australians have returned abroad and fewer people are traveling, so these people are also accessing medical care and receiving health care otherwise it may have been delayed or received abroad.
“Of course there are a lot of patients filling the hospital beds, which can also be a lack of health care, especially in Victoria, during that extended lockout. So it’s important that people keep looking for healthcare.”