Alarming results of the Health Ministry’s report regarding the Colectiv fire’s injured

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The patients injured in the deadly Colectiv fire have been treated in the Romanian hospitals that lacked specialized staff and enough capacity, reveals a report of the Health Ministry, published on Monday. The report disclosed that the treatment of the burnt patients was at high standards only in 6 of the 11 hospitals, meaning those six medical units had dedicated intensive care units. The report also admits the existence of the nosocomial infections across hospitals, with some patients having died due to these infections.

According to the Health Ministry’s report, the isolation of the burnt patients in the Colectiv club in intensive care units was possible only in 6 of the 11 hospitals where they had been initially admitted. At the same time, the report points to the lack of specialized staff needed for the treatment of the patients in critical condition.

Regarding the nosocomial infections, the report shows the incidence of these infections was ranging from 0 to 0.8% in November, except for the Hospital for Burnt, where there was a higher level- 2.8%.

This type of infections was tracked down at the patients injured in the Colectiv blaze, but the report mentions this is typical to the severe burnt patients, where the local defense granted by the skin is lacking and if they underwent a high number of surgeries.

However, the report underlines that most of the deaths were registered at patients with severe lung lesions, when the mortality rate is 8 to 10 times higher.

On the other hand, the report writes that no cases of malpractice were reported or other cases when the medical staff was not doing its job. On the contrary, the doctors and nurses and other members of the medical teams managed to successfully treat most of the patients.

Following the results of this study, the Health Ministry ordered a national action plan with short, medium and long-term goals.

On short term, the ministry aims at setting up a group that should monitor and assess the activities of preventing and controlling the nosocomial infections, while on medium term, the Health ministry wants the medical microbiology department to be set up again, while pledging to encourage the hire of more infectionist and epidemiologist doctors in the emergency hospitals.

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