Coronavirus patients in intensive care reach record highs in March | Yle Uutiset
March has seen the most people receiving intensive care for the pandemic coronavirus so far.
Hospital intensive care units received a total of 133 coronavirus patients, surpassing a previous peak of 115 reached in April last year.
There were a total of 172 patients in Finnish intensive care units on Wednesday, 50 of whom were being treated for coronavirus, up from a recent peak of 64.
30 of the intensive care patients on Wednesday were in the Helsinki Hospital District and Uusimaa HUS.
There are 273 intensive care beds in Finland, which means that around 100 of them are currently free.
According to data from the National Intensive Care Coordination Office, the last week of March saw a slight decrease in the number of intensive care patients with coronavirus, although it remains to be seen whether the downward trend will continue.
Despite a high number of cases, the load on intensive care units was lower this spring, as there were fewer coronavirus patients requiring concurrent care.
Last April, the number of coronavirus patients in intensive care was the highest in a single day, 83. The highest number this year was 64 patients, recorded on March 23.
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“Treatment times have been shortened, which means the pressure on the intensive care units has been better controlled,” said Stepani bendel, director of the Center of Excellence in Intensive Care at Kuopio University Hospital.
According to Bendel, the difference may be explained by the fact that we now know more about the virus and that we are learning more about how to treat it.
“Cortisone-like dexamethasone is likely to have an impact on improving a patient’s ability to cope with intensive care. Patients are also treated with less intrusive methods than before and will not be put on a ventilator if milder treatments work, ”he said.
The average intensive care stay for a coronavirus patient in March this year was 11 days, up from 14 days in April last year.