Hospitals crowded with hundreds of flu victims

AN increase of respiratory problems across the Canary Islands is causing concern, and hospitals’ emergency departments are virually overflowing.

That has occurred over the last few weeks, particularly, because of the regular bouts of flu and the calimas.

Professionals working at Candelaria Hospital’s emergency department are seeing more than 250 patients a day, yet on an average day no more than 220 walk through the doors.

According to a spokesperson from the hospital, it is normal for this time of year to have an increase of patients passing through the emergency doors… but not only in the Canary Islands, but also throughout Spain.

The volume of patients means the hospital has had to increase the number of beds in the emergency department by 12, It now has 104 beds for admissions and 32 for hospital transits.

However. there hasn’t just been an increase with beds because there are also more nursing staff to meet the patients’ demands.

More staff are also working at the department of microbiology, to speed up the diagnosing process.

Last week, the archipelago endured yet another calima, with three days of intense heat, which is when a rise in flu incidents were reported.

Some 240 individuals per 100,000 inhabitants were diagnosed, and already this year, there have been 13 deaths across the archipelago from influenza: eight were male and five female.

From the tragic death total, nine were over 65, and the other four were aged between 15 and 64 years.


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