The Philippine Lung Center in Quezon City has hit the maximum range of intensive care unit ( ICU) beds dedicated to serious and critical cases of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The beds and wings of the ICU have come to full capacity. For these patients, we dedicated a lot of beds because the Lung Center is a referral facility for serious and critical cases, which is why we reserved our services for these patients. But the beds were easily filled within the last two to three days.
Originally, Francisco said the hospital had about 250-bed capacities for all patients, but this was reduced to 169 since some rooms that used to have as many as four beds can now accommodate only one single bed so that COVID-19 patients can be better separated. Of the 169 beds, 75 percent is designated for patients with coronavirus, while the remainder is reserved for patients who are not COVID-19.
Both ICU beds are occupied by the 75 percent of the beds we devoted to COVID-19. All COVID-19 beds have a capacity of 83 percent but the remaining unoccupied beds are for mild cases only.
Francisco said as it reaches maximum saturation, the hospital is making every effort to increase its bed space for coronavirus patients. He added that the hospital would also need more manpower, especially with patients being admitted to the facility continuing to increase, adding that the number of patients attended by nurses has also moved beyond the ideal ratio.
In view of this, both Quezon City’s St. Luke’s Medical Center and Taguig City’s Bonifacio Global City confirmed the maximum capacity for intensive care unit beds allocated to COVID-19 patients has been reached. On the same day, the Makati Medical Center also said its critical care beds have reached maximum capacity for COVID-19 patients.
The Medical City also announced on Tuesday that it has reached the maximum capacity of allotted COVID-19 beds.
The country has reported a total of 57,545 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease so far, as 634 new cases of infection were registered on Tuesday by the Department of Health. For the total number of confirmed cases, 20,459 recovered, and 1,603 died.
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