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"It's a shameful situation": Freising's pediatrician speaks plainly about the medical bottleneck

2022-12-23T18:06:25.194Z

"It's a shameful situation": Freising's pediatrician speaks plainly about the medical bottleneck Created: 12/23/2022, 7:00 p.m By: Manuel Eser Hopefully the good news will come after the fever: Thanks to the holidays, the wave of sick children could decrease at Christmas. (symbol image) © Patrick Pleul Pediatrician Dr. Udo Rampf in the past few weeks. He explains why Christmas is now at the ri



"It's a shameful situation": Freising's pediatrician speaks plainly about the medical bottleneck

Created: 12/23/2022, 7:00 p.m

By: Manuel Eser

Hopefully the good news will come after the fever: Thanks to the holidays, the wave of sick children could decrease at Christmas.

(symbol image) © Patrick Pleul

Pediatrician Dr.

Udo Rampf in the past few weeks.

He explains why Christmas is now at the right time.

Freising

– A number of families arrive on the gums during the Christmas holidays.

Severe coughs and non-stop snotty noses, diarrhea, vomiting and fever are currently paralyzing a number of children.

Children's hospitals are correspondingly overburdened, and paediatricians also have a lot to do.

In the FT interview, the Freising pediatrician Dr.

Udo Rampf on the current situation in his practice, does not mince his words with regard to the shortage of medicine and explains why Christmas has come at just the right time.

Dr.

Rampf, many pediatricians send SOS because they are being overwhelmed by the wave of illness.

What is your situation?

It's really busy, no question.

At the moment we have between 140 and 160 patient contacts in the practice every day.

But it's not like only seriously ill children come in here.

There are also plenty of parents who simply need a follow-up prescription for their child.

Has there ever been such a wave of illness among children in Freising?

"It's an infection lottery we're confronted with": Dr.

Udo Rampf is currently dealing with many sick children.

© Practice

I've been a pediatrician here for 20 years, and we always had such an enormous number of patients.

It's by no means worse than it's ever been.

The only thing we no longer know about is waves of this kind from the past two years, because due to the many restrictions imposed by the pandemic, almost no one has contracted a virus beyond Corona.

So it's what we know about this time of year from previous years, only it's always a little bit different.

What is the nature of the current rampant wave of disease?

Different cold fronts collide: RSV, streptococci, gastrointestinal virus - everything is rampant at the same time.

Does this have to do with the fact that our immune system has not had any training in recent winters due to the masks?

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I would be careful there.

This explanation is too cheap for me.

The immune system shouldn't be underestimated just because it has been less stressed for maybe two years.

What explanation do you have for this wave?

There's a lot of coincidence behind it.

This is an infection lottery that we are facing, and it is unfolding in several stages.

At the beginning of autumn there were many social festivities, and the adults in particular got infected.

This is then passed on to the children, who bring the burden of infection to schools and daycare centers.

In the day care centers in particular, a very high level of sick leave quickly arises, which then spreads back to the adults.

And so it goes back and forth.

The virus will not stop at your staff either?

It's correct.

We have also been affected by cases of illness.

But so far we've been able to do everything well.

I don't want to whine too much about that.

Which age group of patients is particularly affected?

Girls and boys of preschool age are most affected, but children of primary school age are also affected.

It also affects young people, but significantly fewer.

Children who have a previous illness or a cardiopulmonary disease should be particularly careful.

Have you ever had to transfer children to hospitals?

Luckily not very many, but there were about a dozen.

Among them was a particularly difficult case.

That was dramatic because we couldn't accommodate him in either Landshut or Munich, but had to transport him to Rosenheim.

But we managed that too.

Does the dramatic situation in the children's hospitals also worry you?

Yes, but it's also nothing new that the situation worsens in winter because the clinics have been chronically underfunded for decades and there is a lack of qualified staff.

After almost three years of the pandemic, it is only perceived more intensively than before.

After all, the health minister now has it on the agenda.

I just hope that it stays that way when the wave of illnesses has subsided in spring and summer.

Because this structural problem cannot be solved in one winter.

The same applies to the shortage of medicines.

How serious is the problem for you at the moment?

The shelves in the Freising pharmacies are pretty empty, but so far we have had every child treated.

But it's a lot more work, because when you get a prescription you have to call around to find out what's actually in stock.

We are lucky that we have been working with our pharmacies for many years and have a close relationship.

So I don't think the current situation is going to be catastrophic.

But for a country that prides itself on its health care, it's a shameful situation when patients have to travel all the way to Munich to get an antibiotic.

What gives you hope that the wave could slowly die down?

Christmas.

The kindergartens and schools have closed, which are already a large breeding ground for infections.

In this respect, I assume that the situation will calm down during the holidays.

At least that's what we know from previous experience.

(By the way: everything from the region is now also available in our regular Freising newsletter.)

Who can parents turn to if their children get sick during the holidays?

Our practice is open during the holidays.

If children fall ill during the holidays, the first point of contact for parents is the pediatric on-call service, which is based at the Landshut Children's Hospital.

The Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians installed it there a good two years ago and it only takes care of outpatient children.

This is great progress.

Source: merkur

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