The situation in German intensive care units is dramatic: the chairman of the World Medical Association, Montgomery, sees that healthcare providers must make triage decisions based on the current situation. For this reason, he is actively promoting the transfer of patients abroad. It can affect thousands.
In the face of a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, World Medical Association chairman Frank Ulrich Montgomery warned of a sharp flare-up in clinics: “We’re all getting ready for triage,” Montgomery told newspapers by the Funke media group. The doctors did their best to prevent this last terrible decision. “But in view of the growing number of infections, clinics must be prepared,” the doctor said. If a triage decision cannot be avoided, then each patient is considered regardless of origin, religion, or whether they have been vaccinated or not. In this respect, all people will be treated equally. “The most important thing then is the chance of clinical success,” explained Montgomery.
Last fall, the medical societies and the German Medical Association already released basic guidelines for triage decisions to help affected physicians decide which patient is preferable if intensive care options are no longer sufficient for everyone.
To facilitate the work of the clinics, Montgomery urged patients to relocate to other European countries: “Now it is necessary to begin the systematic movement of patients with Covid abroad. The Bundeswehr should also help. ” In the first wave of the pandemic, Germany helped other countries. Now the Germans will be helped by other countries with better opportunities. “This is not unusual.”
According to the chairman of the World Medical Association, there are neighboring countries with much lower incidence rates. “France is doing a little better than we are, Italy is doing much better.” But don’t get hung up on solidarity. If the numbers continue to climb, it’s not about flying out ten patients. “In addition, there are hundreds or even thousands of people who are lacking intensive care beds.” This is an order of magnitude that can no longer be resolved by moving abroad, according to Montgomery.