Healthcare professionals explained the one-year corona virus struggles in the ‘red coded’ area of the Akdeniz University Hospital. Providing information about the latest situation in the department, Prof. Dr. Melike Cengiz stated that the average age of patients who were taken into intensive care fell from 60s to 30s. Explaining that many healthcare professionals caught the corona virus during the care of patients, Prof. Dr. Cengiz said, “We did not have any casualties between us. This is the most pleasing part for us. However, we are very tired in this one-year period,” he said.
The corona virus struggle of healthcare workers who shed sweat under protective clothing in the area with the code of Akdeniz University (AU) Hospital Covid Intensive Care ‘red was displayed.
The intubation procedure performed on a female patient with respiratory distress was recorded from moment to moment. Transferring the latest situation in the department, Prof. Dr. Melike Cengiz said, “In the beginning, we used to take patients who were old, who had conditions that suppressed various immune systems due to other health problems, more frequently. However, we think that the vaccination process has an effect. Currently, there are patients from the younger patient group that we take into intensive care. In his 30s, 40s and 50s, patients increased considerably, “he said.
AU Hospital has activated the B plan in the past weeks due to the increasing corona virus cases. Two-thirds of all intensive care units used for one year for intubated patients were reserved for Covid patients. With the increase in the number of cases, 95 percent of intensive care units were filled. Serious intensity is also experienced in intensive care units where normal patients such as cancer and traffic accidents stay. It was decided to use intensive care effectively, and to postpone surgeries that are not very urgent and require intensive care. While two separate intensive care units were reserved for Covid patients in the ‘A’ plan implemented last year, a new intensive care area was created by taking the ‘B’ plan into effect due to the occupancy of the case increase. All 24 beds in 2 Covid Intensive Care units have patients undergoing Covid treatment. If the increase in cases continues at this rate, the 3rd Covid Intensive Care unit is expected to be activated.
AU Faculty of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Covid Intensive Care Officer Prof. Dr. Melike Cengiz gave information about the work in the field coded in red. Stating that they work in shifts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Prof. Dr. Cengiz stated that they were very tired in a year. Explaining that many healthcare professionals caught the corona virus during the care of patients, Prof. Dr. Cengiz said, “We did not give any casualties. This is the most pleasing part for us. Apart from that, we had hundreds of patients. We experienced the excitement of healing some of them, and some of them lost no matter how much effort we put in. We both experienced the sadness of losing the patients and tried to share the sorrows of the families. As a result, 1 year was extremely sad and tiring on behalf of all healthcare professionals. Our only consolation was the patients we managed to treat, applauded and released from here. The happiness of bringing them back to life has kept us alive, “he said.
Stating that there has been a change in the type of patients hospitalized in intensive care unit since last year, Prof. Dr. Cengiz said, “In the beginning, we used to take patients more frequently who had additional diseases, who were elderly, who had conditions that suppressed their immune systems due to other health problems. However, we think that the vaccination process has an effect. It may be caused by intensification of vaccination over the age of 60. “We now have patients in our 30s, 40s and 50s, who are younger patients in our intensive care unit.”
Emphasizing that young people are now more involved in Covid Intensive Care, Prof. Dr. Cengiz said, “Vaccination is an effective method in young people. Therefore, I would like to ask if there are people who fear or neglect the side effects of the vaccine. It is not clear who will come to intensive care and when. We should not say ‘I will not come to intensive care, I will overcome this disease in 2 days’. Unfortunately, even among our colleagues who thought that they could overcome intensive care very easily, there were people who could not overcome the disease and we lost. “
Stating that the disease process is prolonged with the mutation of the corona virus, Prof. Dr. Melike Cengiz said, “We take samples from abroad to health directorates, especially in patients with a long time to stay positive for the virus or those who have a very severe disease, and mutation determinations are made. The duration of the illness is prolonged. At the beginning, if the patients recover within 1-2 weeks, they can be discharged, but now we have a group of patients whose general condition is moderate, who are still positive for over 1 month, which we strongly expect to recover, or who cannot survive the disease even if they do not become positive. “
Describing the intensive care adventure of Corona virus patients, Prof. Dr. Cengiz said that people with the most respiratory difficulties need intensive care. Stating that they primarily provide patients with oxygen in the face and nose, Prof. Dr. Cengiz explained that in cases of deterioration in the general condition of the patient and organ failure, they connected it to the breathing apparatus. Explaining that they placed the intubation tube of 30 centimeters from mouth to lung, in order for the patient to breathe, Prof. Dr. Cengiz said, “Patients with extremely severe respiratory failure where we place these tubes. We need to put these patients to sleep and try to prevent them from remembering pain. It is our aim not to connect to the respirator and not to attach the intubation tube, because connecting to the respirator extends the process immensely. Unfortunately, it lowers the survival rates considerably, “he said.
Explaining that they meet the special care needs of patients as well as their treatment, Prof. Dr. Melike Cengiz said, “We meet all their needs such as eating, drinking, washing, general care, giving medicine, coughing, through health personnel. We are so tired of being helpless in the face of patients. When a patient looks at you with helpless eyes, it is not possible for you to look at him desperately. We always look into his eyes by trying to say that this job will turn out positively by giving him morale. But we all know that we will lose many of these patients. “The tiredness this gives is much worse than all physical exhaustion,” he said.
Cengiz, who asked the citizens to follow the precautions, said, “In order to protect both ourselves and other people, let’s comply with quarantine, especially on the days when this disease is very high. Never take off our mask, let’s keep the distance. “Complying with the mask and distance rule prevents the transmission of this disease at a very high rate.”
Covid Intensive Care Responsible Nurse Ayşena Ünal explained that they witnessed many events. Ünal said, “We lost a 23-year-old patient. It impressed us immensely. Because 23 years old is too young for us, we could not contain ourselves after losing the patient. We all cried, even though we had no ties or closeness. We are exhausted now, it also has an effect. We want all of our patients to recover, but unfortunately, this is not the case. Please take the warnings seriously, “he said.
Covidien treated in the Intensive Care West Antalya Turkey Travel Agencies Union Regional Vice President Reza rivet, was fed bananas and food with the help of health professionals. After making important warnings, Perçin said, “I was one of the people who paid the most attention, but we fell into heedlessness. I got the corona virus 25-30 days ago. I have been negative for 1 week. But our teachers are doing their best to make us the best. We thank them very much. Everybody watch out. I am here with a little heedlessness. These stages are not easy, “he said.
Manavgat Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Ahmet Boztaş, who was treated in intensive care, also explained that he acted very cautiously during his duty, received visitors to his room with the HES code, had a maximum of 10 minutes of conversation, despite all measures, he was caught with the corona virus. Stating that he was hospitalized for control purposes and taken into intensive care due to respiratory distress 2-3 days later, Boztaş stated that he now feels good. Ahmet Boztaş said, “My first reason for coming to Akdeniz University from Manavgat is that our Muhittin Böcek president has been successfully treated here. I wanted to entrust myself to that team. The maintenance here is excellent. Everyone, from the top to the bottom, makes you calm and peaceful. This risk continues. It becomes obvious when you get into it, this job is no longer a joke, “he said.