“We have an acute shortage of personnel”

 “We are severely understaffed”

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The ambulance staff of the coronavirus department describes the unbearable condition caused by the Omicron wave and a large number of infections.

So nurse S., who works in the department emergency department of the coronavirus department, says that previously there were 3-4 beds. However, in this wave, the number of places for coronavirus patients has increased to 14.

“We are in a systemic frenzy”,— says S., who has finished her night shift. “We already have 10 sick employees, so the nurses and nurses in the emergency room have to add hours to the 12-hour shifts. Each absent employee is 4-5 shifts. And we, the remaining employees, must fill them. And the situation when one nurse is responsible for 14 patients is somewhat difficult.

“Now, in order for a person with a cut on his arm to get to the emergency room, he must be checked. It puts a lot of pressure on the psyche. And now health care workers are in a much more difficult condition than before”.

Those infected with Omicron are elderly people who have Omicron on the background of chronic diseases, pneumonia, and the vast majority of the rest of the patients are not vaccinated.

We have children who are not yet a month old and they are infected with corona and they are with respirators. There are patients on ventilators and new patients are coming in all the time.”

The Coronavirus Information Center at the Ministry of Health stated: “The Coronavirus Information Headquarters monitors load indices in Israel, which also correspond to those observed during Omicron-waves in the world”.

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