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Ireland One in four coronavirus patients in Ireland work in healthcare

23:55  26 march  2020
23:55  26 march  2020 Source:   extra.ie

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One in four people with a confirmed case of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland works in healthcare.

From the latest statistic announced on Wednesday, 283 of the 1,564 confirmed cases are healthcare workers.

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This 24% includes not only nurses and doctors working with COVID-19 patients but all working in the healthcare sector.

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Dr Emily O’Connor, consultant and president for the Irish Association of Emergency Medicine spoke on RTE’s Today with Sean O’Rourke about the strain on staff in hospitals at the moment and the need for more PPE (Personal Protection Equipment).

‘We have many colleagues who are sick already, so as you can imagine rosters across all levels in medicine and nursing are being decimated at the moment,’ she told Sean.

‘Keeping healthcare workers healthy is a priority to get us through this as a country.

a man wearing a blue hat: From the latest statistic announced on Wednesday, 283 of the 1,564 confirmed cases are healthcare workers. Pic: Getty Images © Provided by Extra.ie From the latest statistic announced on Wednesday, 283 of the 1,564 confirmed cases are healthcare workers. Pic: Getty Images

‘So, what we’re doing with patients who come to the emergency department is we are trying to split them very early on into people that we really think are going to have COVID-19 and those that don’t.

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‘So with the patients that we really think have COVID-19 and there’s a high chance of them transmitting it to other people, they are the ones we commit the full level of PPE to.

‘Other patients will be dealt with lover levels of PPE.’

a person sitting in front of a curtain: This 24% of healthcare workers with coronavirus includes not only nurses and doctors working with Covid-19 patients but all working in the healthcare sector. Pic: Getty Images © Provided by Extra.ie This 24% of healthcare workers with coronavirus includes not only nurses and doctors working with Covid-19 patients but all working in the healthcare sector. Pic: Getty Images

Dr O’Connor explained that since PPE is being stretched they need to make decisions on which patients doctors and nurses need to wear full protective PPE for when caring for them.

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‘The emergency departments across the country are telling us that the PPE is being stretched,’ she explained.

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‘They are having to take them from other parts of the hospital and other parts of the community so it is an active worry.

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‘There is a real effort going in from the HSE to try and get equipment for staff but it’s an ongoing difficulty every day at the moment.

‘Hopefully what the HSE is saying about a large stock coming in from china will alleviate things.’

a man standing in a room: Dr O’Connor explained that since PPE is being stretched they need to make decisions on which patients doctors and nurses need to wear full protective PPE for when caring for them. Pic: Getty Images © Provided by Extra.ie Dr O’Connor explained that since PPE is being stretched they need to make decisions on which patients doctors and nurses need to wear full protective PPE for when caring for them. Pic: Getty Images The latest figures on Wednesday showed the biggest number of confirmed cases with 235 newly diagnosed with the virus, bringing the total to 1,564.

Speaking about the figures, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan, said: ‘Our data showed yesterday that only 6% of our tests so far returned positive; so for every 100 people we test we are only finding 6 people with COVID-19. In light of this, our case definition changed.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Speaking on Sunday in relation to the new figures, Dr Tony Holohan said: ‘I would like to extend my condolences to the The latest figures on Wednesday showed the biggest number of confirmed cases with 235 newly diagnosed with the virus, bringing the total to 1,564. Pic: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie © Provided by Extra.ie Speaking on Sunday in relation to the new figures, Dr Tony Holohan said: ‘I would like to extend my condolences to the The latest figures on Wednesday showed the biggest number of confirmed cases with 235 newly diagnosed with the virus, bringing the total to 1,564. Pic: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie ‘Changing case definition is a standard practice in managing pandemics. Ultimately, we want our 6% detected rate to increase, we want to find as many people as possible with COVID-19, isolate them and contain the spread.’ 

Despite this, new guidelines have been brought in that only patients with two or more symptoms of the coronavirus will be referred to be tested.

Anyone who may have been in contact with a person who has COVID-19, is advised to contact HSE Live via 1850 24 1850 or on the HSE website here

If you are unwell with a cough, especially with respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever) you should isolate yourself immediately and phone your GP

If you have a COVID-19 related travel query, you can call the dedicated advice centre on (01)613 1733.

Follow the government’s latest travel advice here

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