DOH: NCR’s critical care capacity is now at ‘danger zone’

The Department of Health (DOH) announced on Tuesday that Metro Manila’s critical care capacity has reached danger level with over 70% of COVID-19 isolation and ward beds already occupied.

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(Three major Metro Manila hospitals have reached full capacity for COVID-19 patients)

Health Spokesperson Ma. Rosario Vergeire explained that the metric for levels depends on the utilization rate of facilities with 70%-100% being the qualifier for the danger zone.

Vergeire stated that 73.7% of isolation beds and 77.4% of ward beds for COVID-19 patients in NCR were already occupied as of July 12. Meanwhile, 61% of intensive care unit beds are being occupied and 36.3% of mechanical ventilators are being used.

It was earlier announced that 9 hospitals in the country have already reached full capacity for COVID-19 patients. These include the University of Santo Tomas Hospital, FY Manalo Medical Foundation Inc., Bataan General Hospital and Medical Center, Qualimed Health Network Sta. Rosa, UPH-Dr. Jose G. Tamayo Medical University Foundation Inc., Tricity Medical Center Inc., Westlake Medical Center, Antipolo City Medical Hospital, and Ortigas Hospital and Healthcare Center Inc.

The DOH assured that they are already in coordination with hospitals and other treatment and monitoring facilities to prepare in case of a surge of cases.

Nakikipag-ugnayan din po kami sa mga LGUs at TTMFs para magkaroon ng maayos na referral system upang ang mga mild na kaso mula sa ospital ay i-refer na lamang sa TTMFs para ma-decongest ang ating mga ospital,” said Vergeire.

[We are coordinating with local government units and TTMFs in order to have an orderly referral system, so that those with mild symptoms confined in hospitals can be referred to TTMFs in order to decongest our hospitals.]

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