Because of overcrowded intensive care units, nationwide planning of patient transfers is necessary.

23.11.2021 20:54

Intensive care units are too full: the transfer of patients within Germany is being organized

Berlin – In order to Covid-19 patients Despite emerging bottlenecks in some regions, intensive care can still be provided, the strategic steering committee of the federal and state governments has activated the so-called clover-leaf conference.

Because of overcrowded intensive care units, nationwide planning of patient transfers is necessary. © Daniel Vogl / dpa

The decision was made on Monday evening, said the chairman of the working group of the Conference of Interior Ministers for fire-fighting, rescue, disaster control and civil defense, Hermann Schröder, on Tuesday upon request.

The purpose of this conference, which is exchanged daily or every two days, is to organize a nationwide transfer of patients.

The aim is to find free spaces and suitable means of transport. “We have to assume that there will be relocations beyond a clover leaf,” said Schröder of the German press agency.

Coronavirus in Berlin: More than 3200 new cases within 24 hours
Coronavirus
Coronavirus in Berlin: More than 3200 new cases within 24 hours

In the spring of 2020, under the impression of the first corona wave, the federal and state governments developed a concept for the nationwide transfer of patients.

In September last year, the so-called cloverleaf concept was then decided by the ministers of the interior and health.

Five different clover leaf regions within which to lay

The Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) will take care of the need to move beyond the four-leaf clover regions.  (Archive image)

The Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) will take care of the need to move beyond the four-leaf clover regions. (Archive image) © Oliver Berg / dpa

It provides for the installation to be carried out within the five regions – west, north, east, south, and south-west.

If there are no longer any vacancies in one of these regions, the transfer to other areas will be organized in exchange with the joint reporting and situation center of the federal and state governments at the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid (BBK).

A specialist group from the Robert Koch Institute is providing advice.

Coronavirus in NRW: Increase in new infections, stricter rules from Wednesday!
Coronavirus
Coronavirus in NRW: Increase in new infections, stricter rules from Wednesday!

There is currently still free capacity in the north and in Hesse, for example.

Thuringia forms a “clover leaf” with Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg and Berlin. With Saxony and Thuringia, two federal states with high numbers of corona cases belong to the east clover leaf.

The Free State of Bavaria, which is currently also heavily affected by Corona, forms the southern clover leaf.

Cover photo: Daniel Vogl / dpa

More on the subject of coronavirus:

Leave a Reply