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Study relied on data from 60 private hospitals in São Paulo and also says that 66% of these hospitals are able to increase the number of beds

ROBERTO CASIMIRO / FOTOARENA / ESTADÃO CONTENTNumber of available beds is decreasing as the disease progresses

A survey carried out by Sindhosp, Union of Hospitals, Clinics and Laboratories of State of Sao Paulo said that 72% From private hospitals are occupation of ICU beds varying between 80% and 100%. The survey included data from 60 private hospitals and is expected to be completed by the weekend. The president of SindHosp, Francisco Balestrin, said that the main revelation of the study is the increase in hospitalizations of Covid-19, since 88% of hospitals reported an increase in the number of hospitalized patients in the last ten days. Fifteen days earlier, that amount was 53%. Despite the worrying information, the survey also showed that 66% of hospitals said they were able to increase the number of beds in Covid-19.

The SindHosp survey also showed that 69% of hospitals are maintaining the surgery and elective care schedule. “The maintenance of surgeries and elective care indicates that, for the time being, there is the possibility of maintaining this care with caution. Hospitals have distinct and safe flows to care for Covid and non-Covid patients, “said Balestrin, who continued:” The postponement of elective surgeries has very serious consequences on the aggravation of diseases, especially chronic ones such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases and can contribute to increase in deaths ”. Finally, the president of SindHosp stated that São Paulo is experiencing the height of the pandemic and that the private health network will be an “important ally of the public power” in the fight against the disease.

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