Private hospitals in SP record an increase in the occupancy rate of ICU beds by Covid-19 – Prime Time Zone

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In the last 15 days, the index went from 79% to 85%; institutions also report lack of medicinal oxygen and intubation drugs

MISTER SHADOW / ASI / ESTADÃO CONTENT – 03/18/2021Private hospitals in SP reported a 100% increase in the price of the ‘intubation kit’

Private hospitals in the State of Sao Paulo registered an increase in the bed occupancy rate Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for patients Covid-19 in the last 15 days. The index went from 79% on April 30 to 85% this Tuesday, 18. The information is from the Union of Hospitals, Clinics and Laboratories of the State of São Paulo (Sindhosp), which carried out a survey between the 11th and 17th of May. According to the survey, 85% of private institutions are employed above 80%. Of these, 39% have the index between 91 and 100%. The president of SindHosp, the doctor Francisco Balestrin, says that the slow pace of vaccination against Covid-19 in the country is worrying, as it forces the health network to be on the alert for a new increase in cases. “The only possible alternative to reduce hospitalizations for Covid-19 is for the population to maintain safety protocols (mask, hand washing and social distance). Hospitals need time to reorganize in order to prepare to receive new patients, ”explains Balestrin.

In addition to the high rate of occupancy of ICU beds, hospitals suffer from the lack of stock of medicines called “intubation kit“. About 58% of the institutions have medicines stored for the next 10 and 15 days. Of these, 24% have a reserve for 10 days and 34% for 15. In relation to storage for the next months, 31% of hospitals have enough medicines for up to one month and only 3% for more than one month. According to the union, the replacement is being made slowly by the national industry and part of the hospitals are importing medicines from other countries. In addition, in the last 10 days, 86% of institutions pointed to an increase in the price of medicines. In 31% of cases, the reported increase was up to 100%, while 36% registered an increase of more than 100%. Regarding the oxygen supply, 51% of hospitals have a reserve for 15 days, 28% for up to one month and 7% for more than one month.