Out of 56 patients in need of ECMO, 54 are unvaccinated, says Béla Merkely, the cardiologist and rector of Semmelweis University. ECMO is short for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, which means that a machine helps a person’s heart and lungs to work properly.
“According to the latest data, 54 out of the 56 patients who received ECMO treatment at Semmelweis University were unvaccinated. Two patients had two vaccinations but were vaccinated 180 days prior to the coronavirus being diagnosed in them,”
says Béla Merkely, adding that this data is what proves the efficacy and necessity of vaccines the most.
Merkely is the leader of the Clinical Epidemiology Workgroup, which has been operating since 22 March 2020. The group consists of infectologists, epidemiologists, and heads of clinical centres from four Hungarian medical schools. Merkely spoke about the tasks of the workgroup, its remit, and the data held by the group, according to information published on the website of Semmelweis University.
It was also pointed out that the workgroup has meetings at regular intervals depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation. As healthcare providers, the clinical centres of the four medical schools have an obligation to report about the epidemiological situation to the National Public Health Centre (NPHC).
However, there is more public interest data the workgroup shares at its meetings.
The institutions collect aggregated data and present the resulting information to the participants, reflecting the current situation.
The group is primarily providing practical, clinical experience to help control the epidemic. The four institutions also share their experience and “best practices” in patient care, said Béla Merkely. He added that their recent data supports the need for vaccination, as well as its effectiveness.
Source: portfolio.hu, Világgazdaság, semmelweis.hu