Due to the sharp increase in the number of people infected with the new type of coronavirus, hospital beds are filling up faster.
According to the Ministry of Health, another 4,457 people fell ill on Tuesday. Compared to the previous Monday, the number of sick patients lying in the hospital increased to 1387 – ie by two thirds. The number of hospitalized in serious condition increased even more. And that by three quarters to 326.
For example, in the Brno University Hospital, according to spokeswoman Veronika Plaché, 67 patients were hospitalized at the Department of Infectious Diseases on Wednesday. The capacity of this clinic is 73 beds.
However, the hospital has another 22 beds in the rehabilitation department in reserve.
“If the number of patients continued to grow, then the University Hospital Brno would be able to create additional beds at the Department of Pulmonary Diseases and Tuberculosis. Not only due to staff reinforcement, but mainly due to the need for a larger number of beds with acute care, some surgical procedures would have to start to be reduced, “added Plachá.
At the beginning of this week, thirty patients with coronavirus were hospitalized at the General University Hospital in Prague. According to director David Feltl, they have not yet had to create so-called reserve beds here either.
According to spokesman Václav Řičář, 31 patients with covid are treated directly in the Liberec hospital. The pulmonary and infectious compartments can accommodate up to 50 patients.
“We anticipate that beds for patients with covid will be needed more. Some patients after operations, or from inpatient departments, which are usually transferred to follow-up care, will be transferred to the subsidiary hospitals in Frýdlant and Turnov, “said Řičář.
Alternatively, according to him, the hospital could vacate dozens of beds in the rehabilitation department.
And, for example, the hospital in Karlovy Vary has 20 beds available in the infection department and ten beds for patients with suspected covid are set aside internally.
There were 21 infected patients in the Karlovy Vary hospital on Tuesday evening, five of them for intensive care and four of them for artificial lung ventilation.