“Mom has been waiting for a bed in a clinic for a month and remains parked in intensive care”

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“Mom has been waiting for a bed in a clinic for a month and remains parked in intensive care”

Since the end of December Paola, 59 years old, suffering from acute pancreatitis, has been waiting to be transferred to a rehabilitation clinic. But there are no places available for her and that's why she is still in the intensive care unit.

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Paola, 59 years old, has been hospitalized for almost more than two months. On November 20th he arrived at the emergency room of the Tor Vergata Polyclinic in Rome for acute pancreatitis triggered by a gallstone. Her condition then worsened and she ended up in the intensive care unit. After about a month of hospitalization, a few days before the Christmas holidays, Paola's family was informed that the patient no longer needed to stay in the intensive department and would soon be transferred to a rehabilitation clinic. To date, however, Paola is still in that department because there are no places available in Rome and Lazio for her.

The daughter's outburst on social media

“My mother has been hospitalized in the intensive care unit of the Tor Vergata polyclinic in Rome since November 22nd, she completed the medical process on December 23rd and from that day she should either go to a rehabilitation clinic or be assigned to a department of the same hospital but to date February 2nd we continue to find ourselves in intensive care which, although it is monitored much more, is exposed to continuous infections in addition to the fact that being an awake and alert patient she is having neurological problems given that she has to spend her days still in bed. Now I ask myself… is it possible that since December 23rd there hasn't been a bed in the ward or no clinic in the whole of Lazio has a place for my mother? Despite the thousand complaints made to the urp and contacted non-profit organizations that deal with the care of the patient to date nothing has been resolved”. This is the long post shared on Facebook by the woman's daughter, Veronica.

“The situation is becoming truly unsustainable – adds Veronica when she reached her on the phone – my mother is not always lucid and in that department she has little stimulation as there are almost only intubated people around her. She wants to leave, tries to get up and tries to remove the tracheotomy, we are worried that she could hurt herself because she is increasingly agitated.” Veronica also tried to personally call the affiliated facilities on the Polyclinic list and several confirmed that they did not have a place for her mother. By moving towards private healthcare, a bed would appear within a short time. “If I turned to a paid facility my mother would be transferred in the blink of an eye – Veronica concludes with a bit of bitterness – but what should anyone who doesn't have the financial means to pay for a private shelter do?”.

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