“At the Milan Polyclinic we have begun to close Covid beds, we have reached more or less half of the respiratory semi-intensive beds. This means that there are fewer serious patients and it is a good sign. “Francesco Blasi, professor of diseases of the respiratory system at the University of Milan and director of Pneumology (now Covid), takes stock of Adnkronos Health. of the Policlinico of the Lombard capital. “The number of intensive care units is also in slight, constant reduction, as is the number of patients arriving in the emergency room. To give an idea, today there was a single Covid patient in our emergency room, compared to dozens of a few weeks ago “.
“These are all positive signs: fewer sick people arrive in the emergency room, we have fewer patients to ventilate with helmets and even in intensive care. The pressure on the hospital is significantly lower, but we are not yet in a framework for resolving the problem. We still have 160 dedicated Covid beds in general, including the Mangiagalli part. These places are now about half of what we had opened and we are doing quite well. The hope – he underlines – is that this trend will continue. We are waiting to see if there will be an effect for the Inter party. As an Interista, I understand the desire to celebrate, but caution is needed and in the next few days we will see if there will be an impact. “
“In the meantime, however, apart from what we see in our hospital, even at the Milanese level it seems to me that there is a minimum breath. As numbers we are not going down at breakneck speed, but calmly. But it bodes well. And this greater breathing space allowed us in via Sforza to reopen 20 non-Covid cardiorespiratory beds “, a sign of an initial return to normalcy.” During the week the idea would be to open a few more Surgery beds, because on this front we he suffered from a welfare point of view “, he explains.
We look to summer with hope, continues Blasi. “We hope for a less frequent infection like last year. Then in Lombardy now vaccinations are running and it is a fundamental point. Some of my collaborators go to vaccinate, there are primaries who are busy” with shield injections, ” there is a joint effort by everyone. We work for vaccines which are the strongest weapon we have, irreplaceable “.
A first sign of the effect of vaccinations, he explains, “we also see it in hospitals. In the sense that the average age of patients has dropped a bit and it means that the protection of the elderly is working. Let’s see what happened in the United Kingdom: They have seen a significant reduction with the high-speed vaccination. A colleague in Scotland told me that he has seen the situation change dramatically in a month and a half or two. He too has reopened the non-Covid business and certainly the fact that so many are vaccinated in Lombardy and that there is a very low rejection rate is important “.
While waiting for the impact to become more and more visible, the specialist catches the first signs of calming. “Hospitals have slower reaction times than contagion numbers – recalls Blasi – When a patient is hospitalized often stays a month and there is a latency before seeing results. For this reason, the data that encourages us in particular is the reduced access to the emergency room. It will undoubtedly also be the reduction in the average age that affects the need for hospitalization, but the overall picture is encouraging. We have emptied a floor of the Sacco Pavilion. Then we stopped for a while and now we think that maybe during the week we will be able to close another small department up to more closures in the short term. We estimate 3-4 weeks to go before we can see a major effect on our hospital. “
The expert reserves a final mention at the intensive care hub at the Milan Fair. “Luckily there was, because in the end he came to have 70 patients hospitalized at the same time, which is no small feat.” These numbers have also dropped to the current 55. And the survival of patients who have passed through this facility has grown over time: now almost 80% make it.