Corona: Rega steps in to coordinate intensive care beds


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    Rega has transported over 200 corona patients since March. In action here on April 8, 2020 in Rennaz VD.

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    Rega has now been tasked with coordinating the distribution of corona patients to the intensive care units.

In the event of bottlenecks, Rega takes over. If hospitals reach their limit due to Corona, the air-rescue service comes into play. The Society for Intensive Care Medicine and the Federal Coordinated Medical Service have commissioned Rega to coordinate the intensive care beds if a region is overloaded.

This emerges from a concept for national coordination in the event of a massive influx of patients in intensive care units, which the “NZZ am Sonntag” reports on.

Rega itself points out its role as a national alarm center. “With 70 years of experience in the Swiss coordination of air rescue and in-depth knowledge of the hospital landscape, Rega is predestined for this task for the benefit of the Swiss population.”

The four-step model including Rega

And according to the concept, it works like this: For the best possible distribution of patients, Switzerland has been divided into seven major regions. A four-stage model regulates the operation. The first stage means normal operation, the hospitals in the major regions coordinate with one another.

Once the second level has been reached, things slowly get tight: In a large region, the intensive care units are 80 percent full, and one fifth of these beds are occupied by corona patients. This is where Rega begins with suggestions for better distribution to other major regions.

Third stage: Intensive care units are 90 percent full, half of the beds are filled with corona patients. Additional beds are occasionally occupied.

Stage four: The emergency capacities are being increased further – and Rega is also coordinating the management of these ad-hoc beds, according to the “NZZ am Sonntag”. As a reminder: around 1000 intensive care beds including staff, ventilators, etc. are available throughout Switzerland. 500 more intensive care beds can be mobilized.

Will Rega be deployed faster than expected?

“Thanks to the national coordination, however, it should be possible that the 1,000 regular intensive care beds are sufficient,” says Hans Pargger, head of the intensive care unit at the University Hospital Basel. “Ultimately, every hospital is free to ask Rega for help or not.”

However, according to the concept paper, the cooperation with Rega could become binding for the hospitals at a later date, for example if the intensive care units should be massively overloaded. (uro)

Published: 10/18/2020, 1 minute ago


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