Germany’s Intensive care and emergency medicine physicians are sounding the Alarm: Because the simplest protection equipment for medical personnel is scarce, is at risk of the treatment of severely ill patients. “If not now, within a few days of adequate protective equipment for our medical personnel is provided, then the work soon,” warns Uwe Janssens, chief physician of the clinic for Internal medicine and Internal intensive medicine at the St.-Antonius-Hospital in Eschweiler, in a message from Monday.
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Although there are still some stocks of respiratory protection masks, gloves, and a laminated protective coats. However, the prices were driven in a “imaginative,” said Janssens. A SURGICAL mask with a high level of tightness cost before the Corona of a crisis is between 5 and 15 cents – a FFP2-mask with breathing filter between 11 and 60 cents.
“Our clinic buys today out of necessity, thousands of masks for the price of seven euros each. Normally, the policy would have to intervene directly and sufficiently masks from the market and the clinics provide. It seems to be Yes,” says the President of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive and emergency medicine (Divi) is.
“The prices explode, the stock only a few days still. And how will we get new Material from reputable suppliers, I can’t say yet,” says Michael Dischinger, head of purchasing at the St.-Antonius-Hospital in Eschweiler. Most of the need materials will be manufactured in Asia and is currently available. The policy ordered and promised masks had not yet arrived in the clinic. “We have not seen any yet,” says Janssens.
Protective masks must be used multiple times
A similar picture also in the field of medicines: “We see already now that some of the pharmaceutical companies, the prices of their products skyrocket. To beat from such a plight now Profit, shows a lack of solidarity, and not ethically justified at all. This must be stopped immediately”, – says the chief doctor. He appealed therefore to the policy is to secure all available resources to the protection of materials and in a Central location as required to deliver to the clinics.
In order to keep the operation largely on the Run, must the Material be used again and again: “We are preparing masks and scrubs so that they can be used multiple times. But also because boundaries are set for us,” says Dischinger.
In Germany, the procurement Agency of the Bundeswehr is responsible for the provision of medical Material. As today it became known, it was at the delivery of much-needed breathing masks a glitch: At an airport in Kenya, millions of ordered masks have disappeared without a trace. According to the defense Ministry, the incident was being investigated. The magazine of the “mirror” had first reported about it.
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