How many intensive care beds are actually still available in the individual federal states? There are currently different figures from the Ministry of Health in the form of AGES and the individual federal states. According to the “morning report” of the federal states, four intensive care beds were still available for Covid patients in Salzburg on Wednesday, and seven in Tyrol. According to AGES, however, nine beds are still free in Salzburg and 60 in Tyrol. In Upper Austria, 38 percent of intensive care beds are still free. In total, there are 673 daily free beds throughout Austria, 486 are occupied by corona patients.
In Burgenland there are currently seven cases in intensive care units, in Carinthia 34, in Lower Austria 84, in Upper Austria 106, in Salzburg 32, in Styria 73, in Tyrol 36, in Vorarlberg 16 and in Vienna 98. Total: 486.
So are the reports of congested intensive care units being exaggerated? Walter Hasibeder, President of the Intensive Care Medicine, says at “heute.at” that the official figures would definitely not be correct. But he believes that the numbers are rated too low rather than too high. He is sure: “Somewhere on the way between the health authorities of the federal states and the AGES something cannot be right.” It is shameful that in such a tense situation there are no clear figures on what the bed situation actually looks like.
At least there are now doubts about reports that in a hospital in Upper Austria “the corpses have to be parked in the corridor because of overcrowding”. At least the crisis team of the Upper Austrian provincial government is not aware of anything like this. No further information has ever been passed down as to which hospital or which city it is supposed to be.