Anaesthesiologists sound warning as young Covid-19 patients end up in ITU

Beppe Galea

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Association of Anaesthesiologists of Malta has expressed its concern on the present Covid-19 situation in Malta after pointing out that even “young and previously completely healthy patients, without predisposing comorbidities or underlying chronic medical conditions,” were ending up in intensive care after contracting Covid-19.

This exacerbated anaesthesiologists’ concerns about an overall increase of Covid-19 patients requiring intensive care.

The AAM highlighted that Covid-19 patients in intensive care presented a great challenge not just in terms of an increased workload but also in the demand for greater human resources for patients requiring 24-hour care.

“This precious human resource is already being stretched as things stand today, and one must realise that we are not yet in the winter or the influenza season,” the association warned. “There is a definite limit to the possibility of this manpower expansion, and without these experts, the chance of survival of these critically ill patients with Covid-19 will undoubtedly be negatively affected.”

The AAM thus called for Malta to become more mature and level-headed about the situation, and for people to act responsibly and be considerate of others at all times.