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Infections in the ward are growing: "We need mass screening"
They called them heroes, the confined people cheered them from the windows, but the nurses are no longer there.
It is an appeal, which borders on the complaint, the one launched by Antonio De Palma, national president of the Italian nurses union, Nursing up.
We start from the dramatic numbers of infections in the ward: "The projections made by our monitoring and control staff - explains De Palma - tell us that in December there is a concrete risk for the overall stability of the Italian health system. south the situation risks becoming explosive ”.
To date in Italy the infections of health personnel amount to 50,759. In the last 30 days there have been 17,042. From 8 to 9 November there were 921 infections. In the second wave of the virus, 33,717 health workers tested positive.
If the trend of the last few days will also continue for the future, on 15 December there could be over 55 thousand health workers infected, of which over 25 thousand will be nurses.
The latest figures show that in some regions 70 percent of intensive care units are already employed and the operating margin is 30 percent. Almost 3,000 places are occupied overall, out of just over 7,600 available. It goes towards collapse and the health system does not hold.
The agreement with the nurses to carry out rapid mass tests and the setting up of drive-in stations: these are the union's proposals. Otherwise - union representatives say - it will be a Caporetto.
If there is no containment of the infection, there will be no beds at the end of December.
Liguria is already worrying, close to 50 percent saturation, and the Aosta Valley, at 75 percent. "The tracing and isolation of positive subjects - explains De Palma - remains the only weapon against the virus. For weeks we have been repeating that nurses are ready to help the country. With rapid swabs, thousands of positives could be 'found' and considerably limited the spread of infections. To do this, freelance professionals can be deployed out of the total of 450,000 Italian nurses, as well as those who work in the NHS facilities but who are not engaged in the burdensome hospital care activities. By setting up drive-in stations, as some cities have already done, a carpet screening could be conducted throughout the national territory ".
Involving nurses would mean, according to Nursind up, considerably lightening the work of health facilities, avoiding the spread of contagion among staff. Thus limiting the risk of collapse.