Dr Zudin Puthucheary, board member of the Intensive Care Society and intensive care consultant, told Sky News he was “scared and angry” as the COVID-19[feminine[feminine the crisis is wreaking havoc in hospitals, especially in London.
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Dr Puthucheary, who also works at the Royal London Hospital, said there was a shortage of intensive care nurses and the intensive care units “are full beyond the explosion”.
“There are more patients than we have ever had and we have fewer staff than ever,” he said.
“We have cannibalized staff across the hospital – volunteers are pouring in to try and take care of these patients and provide the best possible care.
“Staff are breaking down to make it happen and keep our patients safe – and that won’t be enough.
He added that seven in 10 people who go to intensive care with coronavirus will survive – meaning 30% of people will die.
And he warned that those who survive could still suffer lasting damage, saying, “Seventy percent of people will be disabled for years because they lose so much muscle – you lose almost two pounds.” ”
Dr Puthucheary said the average age of intensive care patients is 60 and 90% of patients lead normal working lives before admission, with many people filling intensive care wards in their 40s.
“They look like me, they look like my wife and my friends – they have kids the same age as me,” he says.
He also said that the term “underlying medical condition” is a “made up term” which is “meaningless to our patients and meaningless to us – it doesn’t mean anything.”
Dr Puthucheary said the major incident reported in London indicated that the decision-making capacity of hospitals could be cut.
“The staff are going to be the biggest bottleneck for us and I don’t know what the solution is – and that really scares me,” he said. “We don’t have enough intensive care nurses. We don’t have enough doctors.
“We have volunteers coming in, we have very experienced doctors and untrained doctors to support our nurses, but you can’t just bring in an intensive care nurse – it takes years and years of training.
And in a message to the public, Dr Puthucheary said, “I’m scared and angry.
“I’m scared because we’re getting to a point where someone might tell us that we can’t put our patients first – these decisions are going to be taken away from us and none of us have ever experienced this. .
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He added: “The legacy of this pandemic will destroy 2021 and continue to destroy the NHS.
“That’s what scares me – and I’m angry that people aren’t listening. We hear that TfL (Transport For London) footfall is twice what it was in the first wave – twice as many people doing things. on a Saturday when they should be home. ”
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He continued: “I am angry because we are talking about protecting the NHS and it is clearly a failure – we should be talking about protecting the nation’s healthcare. That’s what’s suffering right now – not the NHS. The NHS is breaking up. ahead of us and there is no plan to keep it from breaking down.
“We have to prevent the health of the nation from breaking down – this is where we have to come.
“This is why I am angry and this is why all of our staff are angry. ”