Beds available for all patients?
Perhaps, but with no staff to assist them.
No, all is not well. Even if hospitals in Italy have not yet reached saturation, as Arcuri reiterated during the show Che tempo che fa, the shortage of nurses and health personnel in general is now a dramatic reality, especially in the structures of Milan and its hinterland. Because if the correct number of health personnel-patient numbers is missing, the loser is the right to health of citizens
November 16, 2020 – Domenico Arcuri, extraordinary commissioner for the coronavirus emergency, last night on the broadcast ” Che tempo che fa ” spoke about numbers relating to the situation of Italian hospitals. There is no pressure on intensive care, just as there is no pressure in the other departments, Arcuri underlined. “Of course the ICU posts aren’t fully occupied yet – and God forbid in a second wave! – but the number of beds and fans must correspond to a precise number of staff who are not there today “underlines Mimma Sternativo, general secretary of Fials Milano Area Metropolitana, the independent trade union of healthcare professional categories. “There may also be beds, helmets, equipment, but if there are no professionals who can manage them, we are always at the same point. If there is no staff, we surely won’t be able to cure everyone. To make matters worse, there are increasing cases of contagion among professionals ”.
In Milan, hospitals are under pressure
Furthermore, claiming that there is no pressure in hospitals is not only false, but it is also unfair to doctors, nurses, Oss, technicians, physiotherapists and others who have to assist dozens of patients every day, at least as regards Milan and the related area. underground. “We have numbers similar to those of the first wave and we have all seen the images of ambulances lined up outside the hospitals of the city: the colleagues in the emergency room these days are also assisting 90-100 patients at the same time, some even intubated in the corridor or ventilated with Cpap helmets ”adds Sternativo. Nor is it correct to argue that the emergency rooms are under pressure because they are “clogged” with potentially positive people looking for a tampon. “Avoid political denial and speak out.The second emergency wave is different from the first, but not in numerical terms.
Simply, the care setting seems to have moved from intensive care to low and medium intensity wards and even more to the territory (still too unprepared). Today the biggest problem is to drain the emergency rooms with the opening of these wards, in which in addition to the bed there must be the correct number of health personnel-patient numbers. Opening the wards and then having two nurses and an Oss for thirty patients or sending personnel from the various city hospitals to the one set up at the Fair does nothing but impoverish already skimpy staff to the detriment of quality assistance “, say the union. “We know that our profession is at the forefront:we just want to be able to work safely to guarantee the right to health for all. With the numbers of contagion skyrocketing, and such a shortage of personnel, not even a superhero of American films could save us ”.
Who is FIALS
The Fials Trade Union Organization (Italian Federation of Local Autonomies and Healthcare) was founded in 1972. Today it is an association transversal to political forces, which acts on the basis of the daily needs of individual health workers, public and private, fourth in terms of representation. FIALS Milano Metropolitan Area is a constantly growing reality, which represents over 2,500 members of public and private health care. Through negotiations and relationships in all the companies in Milan and hinterland, it plays an important role in protecting all Healthcare workers (nurses, Oss, administrators, technicians).