Preparations are being made for the nationwide transfer of around 80 patients
Doctors in an operating room (symbolic image). © FangXiaNuo / E + / Getty Images
BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – In order to avoid bottlenecks in intensive medical treatment, several dozen patients are to be relocated from the regions in the east and south of Germany that have been severely affected by Corona by the weekend. As the chairman of the working group of the Conference of Interior Ministers for Fire Brigade Matters, Rescue, Disaster Control and Civil Defense, Hermann Schröder, announced on request, applications for nationwide transfer for a total of around 80 patients from Bavaria and the Kleeblatt-Ost were examined on Wednesday via the so-called clover leaf procedure .
Above all, Covid-19 patients are to be brought to other regions. In exceptional cases, patients with other diseases could also be relocated, said Schröder. In general, care is taken that the receiving hospitals are located in regions that are currently less affected by the corona pandemic.
Thuringia, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg and Berlin belong to the Kleeblatt-Ost. The Free State of Bavaria, which is currently also heavily affected by Corona, forms the southern clover leaf.
Under the impression of the first corona wave, the federal and state governments developed a concept for the nationwide transfer of patients in spring 2020. In September last year, the so-called cloverleaf concept was then decided by the ministers of the interior and health. It provides for the installation to be carried out initially 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.
It is the first time since the fourth wave of corona that nationwide relocations are being organized using the cloverleaf procedure. Rescue helicopters are also used to transport the patients./abc/DP/zb
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