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Also this year, as in previous, we have seen, they say, from the FADOI – a phenomenon that is being repeated periodically, and is ever more critical during the winter period in the coincidence of outbreaks of the flu: the overcrowding of the departments of internal medicine.

departments intern, who are constantly at the limit of capacity with occupation rates that reach or even reach 100% during the other periods of the year, at this time must cope with the emergency “flu” and respiratory infections (pneumonia,etc.) especially in elderly patients, fragile, pluripatologici”.

the secretary of The FADOI Francesco Cipollini argues that to cope with this emergency, the staff of the departments intern è forced to activate the “additional beds” in addition to beds normally supplied – and the number of which are done times of nursing care – or to “support” the sick in other departments reaching rates of employment reach or exceed the 120%.

The overcrowding of the wards have a negative effect both for the staff and,especially, for the patients.Indeed, it has been widely demonstrated that in departments with a high index of employment and high turnover – as the departments intern! – the staff due to the surplus business is most exposed to burnout and especially to the risk of error. the

“This is not può più to be accepted, says the President of the FADOI Antonino Mazzone and it is necessary and not più future have to intervene with adequate measures not only to avoid the discomfort of the medical staff but, above all, to ensure the safety of the patient.

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If è true,as is true,that the future will always be più many elderly individuals “fragile” , pluripatologici and complex, and if it is equally true that this type of subjects toà always più reference to departments of internal medicine not è più to hide from the reorganization of hospital stays : if hospital wards intern “bursting”, especially but not only in winter and are forced to “support” the patients in other wards , it is evident the needà to provide for a redistribution of beds to balance this glaring discrepancy.

Page published on 27 January 2009