21:47 / 07.01.2022.

Author: Katja Miličić

Additional nurses sent to Split hospital to cope with COVID surge

Dr. Julije Meštrović

Dr. Julije Meštrović

Foto: HTV / HRT

The hospital in Split is struggling with a large number of COVID-19 patients and additional staff are coming to help, said the hospital’s chief administrator on Friday.

Prof. Julije Meštrović described the situation as critical, adding that 3/5 of the beds at the Križine location of the Split Clinical Hospital Center were reserved for COVID patients.


"Split is going to receive assistance from 8 nurses coming from outside the city and 10 nurses from our local health care centers who will be working at our respiratory intensive care unit," Meštrović told a news conference.


Split-Dalmatia County, the county with the lowest vaccination rate in the country, is seeing an explosion of COVID cases after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. New daily cases have numbered over 1,000 for days in a county with a population of around 450 thousand residents. Only 53% of adults there are vaccinated. Split Clinical Hospital has opened up additional COVID beds and is postponing non-emergency procedures. The hospital currently has 47 COVID patients on ventilators. Dr. Meštrović also said of the 208 COVID patients receiving care, most require oxygen and are in serious condition even if they are not on a ventilator. Further complicating matters is the fact that a large portion of the staff is out sick with COVID.


In Šibenik-Knin County, the main hospital in Šibenik is currently experiencing the worst case scenario that doctors were warning about: all of their ventilators are occupied. If the hospital gets any more COVID patients with severe symptoms, they will have to be transported to other cities for treatment, said Dr. Kristijan Stipančev, chief administrator of Šibenik-Knin County General Hospital.


"We are in regular contact with the regional coordinator, Prof. Meštrović in Split. We are coordinating with him to see what he can do to accommodate our patients. If that is not possible, then we are going to have to try in Northern Croatia, where the situation is still better than in Dalmatia," said Dr. Stipančev.


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