The sudden change to structure and stress brought on by coronavirus Covid-19 and the measures taken to curb its spread may be leading to more domestic violence in the Netherlands. Both the National Psychotrauma Center at UMC Utrecht and children's hotline Kindertelefoon noticed a sharp increase in calls.
The public attention given to the number of deaths and infections at the hands of Covid-19 has led to speculation about the impact of the disease on the Netherlands in comparison to in other affected countries. However, experts warn, the tendency to draw conclusions from numbers alone can be misleading.
Another 364 people tested positive for the Covid-19 variant of the novel coronavirus since Tuesday, and 15 more people infected with the virus were pronounced dead. The total number of people in the country who have been diagnosed with the virus stands at 2,051, Dutch health agency RIVM announced.
Roughly a fourth of those infected, 485, work in the healthcare industry. Those workers are tested more frequently than anyone else, the RIVM explained.
The university hospitals in Nijmegen and Utrecht are giving healthcare workers a tuberculosis (TB) vaccine to see if it better protects them against the coronavirus, the hospitals announced on Wednesday. The TB vaccine boosts the immune system, so the healthcare workers involved may be better protected against Covid-19 and an infection may be milder.
Utrecht's highly anticipated fast tram line between Utrecht Central Station and the Science Park officially started running on Monday, after a dress rehearsal on Saturday when people could ride the tram for free. From Monday, the Uithoflijn will run 10 trams per hour along nine stops in both directions, NU.nl and Leeuwarder Courant report.
A total of 34 children and two staff members became ill at a campsite in Leusden on Thursday due to the heat. They were all taken to hospital. The organizers of the camp cut the summer camp short and sent the remaining children home, NU.nl reports.
The sick kids were taken to the University Medical Center in Utrecht. Most of them were sent home after a check-up, but four had to spend the night in hospital for observation. Parents of the affected children were asked to go directly to the hospital and collect their children there.
Bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics are a growing problem worldwide, but the Netherlands has this issue well under control, according to the PhD research of medical microbiologist Wouter Rottier from UMC Utrecht. If people in the Netherlands are infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria, the mortality rate is no higher than infections by bacteria that can still be treated by antibiotics, Rottier found, NOS reports.
Doctors, the Dutch Patient Federation and elderly union ANBO are calling on people, especially older people, to think about whether or not they want to be resuscitated. Many people don't think about this, resulting in patients having to suddenly make a decision during an emergency situation or prior to a risky medial procedure, they said to AD.
The Netherlands' national vaccination program works - some 450 children's lives are saved through it every year - but it is too limited. The Dutch government must include more infectious diseases in the national vaccination program, multiple vaccination experts said in advise to the Tweede Kamer, AD reports.
The University Medical Center in Utrecht developed a plaster that can stop the leakage of cerebrospinal fluid - a common complication after brain surgery. The hospital expects that the plaster will be readily available within a year, ANP reports.
At least 12 people were injured during a fire in the Heycop home and care center in Breukelen on Monday evening. Eleven people were taken to UMC Utrecht's emergency hospital. The victims sustained various injuries, most of them smoke inhalation related, a spokesperson for the local safety office Veiligheidsregio Utrecht said to ANP.
In most cases, animal experiments do not lead to successful treatment for sick people. Many tests are not performed properly, and tests that have already been done are often repeated, according to a study by Radboud UMC Nijmegen, UMC Utrecht and the Netherlands Heart Institute, AD reports.
According to the researchers, data about failed animal experiments are hardly ever published. "Research is then unnecessarily repeated, through which more animals suffer and die", researcher Mira van der Naald said to AD, calling it a vicious circle.
The number of medical vacancies at Dutch hospitals doubled over the past year, resulting in longer waiting lists for surgeries, broadcaster NOS reports based on its own research into staff shortages at hospitals in the Netherlands.
Reporter Ton van der Ham of television program Zembla is banned fro UMC Utrecht for a year, according to an official denial of entry by the hospital. The journalist will only be allowed on the hospital grounds if he needs urgent physical or psychological help, the document reads, NOS reports.
Doctors at UMC Utrecht developed a new method of placing pacemakers using special 3D images, known as Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT). This method will improve the accuracy in pacemaker placement and reduce the healthcare costs involved, NU.nl reports.
Another 66 couples can not start their fertility treatment at UMC Utrecht's IVF laboratory after it was shut down due to a mix up with ICSI treatment, which resulted in 26 women maybe being fertilized with the wrong sperm. On top of the 84 couples who previously reported their fertility treatments being delayed, there are now a total of 150 women on the waiting list, NU.nl reports.
A sperm cell mix up during ICSI treatments at UMC Utrecht extends beyond 26 couples who are now uncertain about the father of their child. According to research by newspaper AD, the mix up also disrupted the family plans of at least 84 couples from Utrecht to Arnhem.
A mix up at the IVF laboratory at UMC Utrecht means that the eggs 26 couples may have been fertilized with the wrong sperm using the ICSI method, NOS reports. This means that there is a chance that these women are pregnant or have a child with the wrong man, according to the broadcaster.
This involves ICSI treatments done at the hospital between April 2015 and November of this year. According to UMC Utrecht, it is unlikely that the women's eggs were fertilized with the wrong sperm, but not impossible.
Pediatric intensive care units in Randstad hospitals are overflowing due to a large influx of young patients with the RS virus. Sick children are being transported to other hospitals in the country and some were even sent abroad, pediatrician Frederique Hofstede said to broadcaster NOS.
A 12-year-old boy passed away in hospital on Tuesday morning after being seriously injured in an accident with a truck in Putten on Monday, the boy's school said on its website.
Nearly half of rape victims were previously sexually abused or assaulted, according to a survey among 300 rape victims by the Center Sexual Violence Utrecht
Researchers and doctors at UMC Utrecht discovered a new genetic mutation that leads to fatal pneumonia in young children, the hospital announced on Tuesday. This mutation is characterized by a increased susceptibility to invention due to part of the natural defenses being suppressed.
The Public Prosecutor and Inspectorate for Social Affairs and Employment launched an investigation into reports of care fraud at UMC Utrecht, Zembla reports. According to the program, the hospital tampers with care treatment codes for health insurers.