Professor Alen Protic: Younger People Now Needing Respirators

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, with 62 hospitalised patients diagnosed with COVID-19 at the time of writing, the Clinical Hospital Centre in Rijeka opened a new COVID-19 department and respiratory centre this week. The new ward is adapted for the care of coronavirus patients and is located at the Clinic of Gynecology and Obstetrics, which was first opened at the end of last year.

The Rijeka Hospital announced the above and added that the new coronavirus ward is being run in accordance with all of the applicable health and technical conditions and is physically separated from the rest of the clinic.

Eight patients this week needed the aid of a respirator at the Rijeka Hospital, and according to the head of the Clinic for Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Professor Alen Protic, the average age of patients treated for the novel coronavirus with a respirator is lower than it was back during the autumn wave.

As Professor Alen Protic explained, this younger age of patients is partly expected due to the better level of vaccination of the elderly population, Novi list writes.

“Vaccination of the elderly population is causing a decrease in the average age of our patients and these statistics are easy to follow. The new centre will certainly relieve the current COVID-19 centre, and we hope that the slightly younger population being treated in the new ward will continue to be more resistant to the disease. In any case, we’re ready for the scenario we had back in December,” Protic pointed out.

At one point in December 2020, the Rijeka Hospital had more than 160 hospitalised patients with a lab confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, and those patients were cared for at all three locations of the Rijeka Hospital. Currently, at the Rijeka Clinical Hospital, patients with coronavirus are being treated at the Clinic of Infectious Diseases, the newly opened centre at the Clinic of Gynecology and Obstetrics, the respiratory centre at the Clinic of Neurology and the Susak site at the Department of Nephrology.

“At the moment, the average age of our patients has dropped below 70 and is currently between 65 and 63, but we had patients who were 70 and 80 on respirators and we expect the average age of our patients to drop down to 60. Judging by the current situation, I believe that the centres intended for COVID-19 patients in our hospital will be open at least until the end of this year,” concluded Professor Alen Protic.

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