Mumbai: Private hospital vacated ICU after drowning in Kovid cases last week Record beds and allow patients to walk in

Written by Tabasum Barnagarwala
| Mumbai |

Updated: October 27, 2020 7:21:52 AM

The hospital’s 10-bed ICU had one bed empty on Monday. (Representative)

The number of hospital admissions has dropped over the past week Covid-19 Patients and private hospitals with waiting lists of intensive care units now have vacant beds, and walk-ins are allowing admission of patients.

Until last week, there were two to three days of waiting in the city’s private hospitals. Till last week, 15-20 admissions of Kovid-19 were made daily. The hospital’s 10-bed ICU had one bed empty on Monday. There were at least 45 single beds vacant throughout the hospital. Medical Director Dr. “One week ago, we had an ICU waiting list,” said Hiren Ambegaonkar.

Dr Om Srivastava, an infectious disease specialist, said there were now enough beds in private wards in private hospitals to admit Kovid’s cases. “Now the waiting time for ICU patients is only 6-8 hours, which is less than 4-5 days a few days ago,” he said.

The state and Mumbai are witnessing a steady decline in new infections. There has been a sharp decline in new and active cases over the past week compared to previous weeks. State health officials said the overall need for ventilators, oxygen beds and ICU beds has decreased and many government hospitals in the state are empty. Figures from BMC to October 25 showed 427 vacant ICU beds in public and private hospitals – of which 262 were in private hospitals. Another 104 ventilator beds are free at private hospitals.

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The BMC dashboard shows that 1,148 Kovid-19 patients are currently critical. However, there are still 42 per cent vacancies in government and private dedicated Covid hospitals.

Bhatia Hospital on Grant Road also does not have a waiting list in its ICU for three days. Head Inventivist Dr Ganjan Chanchalani said she would keep a list of ICU patients till a few days before March. “We have never had an empty ICU. There was no bed – within half an hour of a discharge, another patient would come to take possession of it. We now have one or two empty beds, and walk-in patients can be admitted, ”he said.

Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital has seen a 25 per cent decline in hospitals. The hospital’s CEO Dr Santosh Shetty said, “We have some empty ICU beds. “It simply came to our notice then. We always had queues for patients. ”

Some areas, however, continue to report many active infections. The T, N and S wards, in the eastern suburbs of Mumbai, each have more than 1,000 infected cases of covid. Due to the high number of cases in these areas, some private hospitals are running their ICUs at full capacity. Fortis Hospital in Mulund has no vacant ICU beds, and is constantly being questioned. Physical doctor Rahul Pandit said that as soon as the bed is empty, his new admission is ready.

Hiranandani Hospital has 20 ICU beds, all full. However, Bhavesh Fofria, general manager of the hospital, said there had been a decline in new covid cases in the last four days. “Today, 24 beds are empty, which was not the case before,” he said.

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In the western suburbs – Andheri to Dahisar Tension, which includes five wards – there are active infections between 2000 and 2000 each. Jumbo facilities in Dahisar and BKC are bearing the brunt of these infections.

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