By Tracy Cabrera
MANILA — Amidst surging Covid-19 cases, the Saint Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) Taguig and Quezon City branches have issued an appeal to other health facilities and local government units to closely coordinate with its emergency room team before transferring Covid-infected patients “to ensure that patients will be given immediate care.”
In a public bulletin, the SLMC announced that its facilities for managing patients with novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) still remain at full capacity and this has prompted the hospital administration to stop accommodating new patients because of the shortage in hospital beds and isolation rooms for those severely infected with Covid-19.
“As of today, April 5, 2021, the two SLMC hospitals remain at full capacity for COVID-19 patients for both Covid wards and Covid ICU (intensive care unit),” the hospital management said in an advisory.
Despite the increased bed allocation for Covid cases, the SLMC said a significant number of COVID-19 patients are still waiting in the emergency room to be admitted.
“The emergency room is likewise at full capacity with several patients in critical stage,” it added.
The hospital first said it has reached full capacity for Covid patients two weeks ago.
“We will release an update once we are able to accommodate COVID cases again,” it said.
Meanwhile, public works and highways secretary Mark Villar announced that a modular hospital will be opened tomorrow at the Quezon City Institute to treat patients with moderate Covid-19 infections.
According to Villar, the said off-site modular hospital is made of fabricated components which will be used for the treatment of a maximum of 22 patients with a moderate affliction of the disease.
“The facility has a specific room for the donning or putting on of healthcare professionals’ personal protective equipment (PPE) such as disposable gowns, gloves, and shoe covers an area for doffing or taking off of PPEs to limit the spread of contamination,” he said while adding that the modular hospital will also have a separate nursing station, equipment laboratory, pantry, storage, CCTV lines and monitoring board.“This is just one of the five modular hospitals set to be constructed within the compound of the Quezon Institute with a total bed capacity of 110,” Villar ended saying. (AI/MTVN)