ICUs suf­fer­ing from short­ages

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The in­ten­sive-care units of the coun­try’s state hos­pi­tals are not able to cover pa­tients’ needs due to staff short­ages and a lack of equip­ment, doc­tors have told Kathimerini.

Out of 650 ICUs, around 70 are not op­er­a­tional due to equip­ment short­ages while many oth­ers are los­ing nurs­ing staff as hun­dreds of short-term con­tracts that ex­pire are not be­ing re­newed.

Ac­cord­ing to Apos­to­los Ar­ma­gani­dis, a pro­fes­sor at the Athens Med­i­cal School and pres­i­dent of the Hel­lenic So­ci­ety of In­ten­sive Care Medicine, the num­ber of ICUs avail­able in Greek hos­pi­tals is sig­nif­i­cantly be­low the Euro­pean Union av­er­age. “If more staff are not re­cruited, more units will close,” he said. Ar­ma­gani­dis called on the Health Min­istry to draft “a re­al­is­tic plan, with a con­crete time-frame, to dou­ble the num­ber of in­ten­sive-care units in op­er­a­tion.”

He also sug­gested that cer­tain pa­tients who are on res­pi­ra­tors could re­ceive treat­ment from home to free up beds.

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