Monday, October 18, 2021

Covid-19 admissions at SPMC declines

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THE Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) is planning to decrease its allocated Covid-19 beds after noting a steady decrease in the admission of Covid-19 patients.

Based on the October 11 data of SPMC, 86 of its 111 intensive care unit (ICU) beds for Covid-19 patients are occupied or have a utilization rate of 77.48 percent, while 298 out of 517 ward beds are occupied, with a 57.64 percent utilization rate.

In September 2021, SPMC had been experiencing an overwhelming number of Covid-19 admissions leading it to expand its bed allocation for Covid-19 patients. Despite the additional ward and ICU beds, the hospital continued to experience beds reaching full occupancy.

Dr. Ricardo Audan, SPMC chief, attributed the decongestion at the hospital to the city allowing home isolation.

"Based sa among datos (on our data), those only admitted... Daghan man gud positive na asymptomatic. Gi-home [isolation] since gi-allow siya sa gobyerno (Many of those who tested positive are asymptomatic, which are now under home isolation since the city government allowed it)," Audan said, adding this had allowed the hospital to cater to more several and critical Covid-19 patients.

The City Government in September allowed home isolation due to the surge in Covid-19 admission in hospitals in the city.

Compared to the previous month, no patients are waiting for admission.

As of October 13, data from the Department of Health in Davao Region (DOH-Davao) showed that SPMC has a total of 628 beds allocated for Covid-19 patients, wherein 384 are currently occupied.

Audan said they are planning to reopen the outpatient department (OPD) consultation and elective surgery by the end of October, depending on the Covid-19 admissions in the hospital.

"But we are already contemplating, anticipating the opening of the face-to-face OPD consultation and elective surgery,” he said, adding that patients would still undergo teleconsultation.

He also said they are planning to open their emergency room (ER) for non-Covid cases.

Audan added that they will also dismantle the Covid-19 extension ER at the SPMC-Institute of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine (SPMC-IPBM) in Bajada.

“I-close na namo to (SPMC-IPBM) para marecall ang mga nurses para maka open og elective surgery (We will close our Covid-19 beds in SPMC-IPBM so that we can recall the nurses there and reassign them to our elective surgery when we reopen it),” the official said.

Meanwhile, the 44-bed modular hospital will remain exclusively for Covid-19 patients.

Despite the low admission of patients, he said this is still no room for complacency.


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