Auckland’s hospitals are urging others across the country to send intensive care nurses to help fight the quake.
The call out came after the number of people in the ICU reached eight last night, three of them on ventilator.
The hospital has 32 patients.
Highly skilled nurses provide round-the-clock, one-on-one care and without them patients cannot be transferred to intensive care.
It was estimated that Auckland needed 30 nurses with ICU training to help spread the epidemic, with another 30 in isolation facilities.
Tania Mitchell, chair of the College of Critical Care Nurses, said the country’s intensive care units often work together and help each other.
But there was a limited pool of nurses and morale was low.
“Without a trained nurse, intensive care beds cannot be used,” he said.
“There has been a huge increase in equipment needed to care for ICU patients in New Zealand since we were preparing for the coveted outbreak, but there is so much in the staff trained to care for these patients,” he said. There has been no increase. “
Kate Weston, spokeswoman for the Nurses’ Organization, said: Checkpoint The epidemic came at a time when nurses were already under a lot of pressure.
There was already a severe shortage of staff.
The nurses have been working hard over the past few months to carry out coed testing and vaccinations, as well as to deal with winter illnesses, he said.
“So it’s putting a lot of pressure on the manpower that came into this particular delta epidemic with not much left in the tank,” he said.
He said they would be used for non-coveted work to free existing nurses to focus on coveted patients.
Covid 19 Response Minister Chris Hopkins said. Checkpoint An additional 30 nurses were needed to assist with administrative isolation facilities.
He said part of DHB’s expansion plans was to relocate staff when needed and everyone was happy to help.
“Everyone in the health system recognizes that Auckland is doing some heavy lifting here and that if we want to prevent it from becoming a potentially major epidemic, we need to support the country to succeed. It will spread to the rest of the world. ” he said.
He said that the situation would have been worse if the country had not gone into lockdown.