Shortage of ventilators in hospitals; new cases increase pressure on infrastructure

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With the increase in Covid-19 positive cases, as of November 27, the number of ventilator-equipped ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds in the city has been reduced to 432, and the vacancy rate in major hospitals in the city is zero.

Observing doctors said that if a patient who is positive for the Sars-Cov-2 virus that causes Covid-19 infection is detected, it will take longer to recover. Therefore, with the emergence of more cases, the number of critical cases has increased, which puts a burden on the existing infrastructure, which is also open to non-Covid-19 patients.

According to the display board of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), the main hospitals did not show any vacant ventilators, including Bharati Hospital, Denanas Mangeshka Hospital, Ruby Hall Clinic, Noble Hospital and Sahid In the hospital.

Pune City has allocated 432 ventilators among 432 Covid-19 patients in 83 hospitals, of which there are a total of 184 empty ventilators.

As of Friday (November 27), PMC reported that there were 413 critically ill patients in the city, of which 249 were on ventilators and 164 were in ICU beds without ventilators. In addition, more than 1,000 Covid-19 patients received oxygen therapy.

Dr. Bharat Purandare, an expert in the Department of Infectious Diseases at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, said: “So far, all our ICU ventilators are full. After Diwali, we did see a surge in cases, which means that the number of critically ill patients has also increased proportionally. Actually. We still have some patients who were admitted to the hospital earlier are still critically ill, so we must find more support for newer critically ill patients.”

Dr. Ashish Bharati, head of health at PMC, said: “We cannot say now whether we will face any shortages in the future. However, so far we have enough ventilators available. In addition, we have seen that private hospitals will not update dashboards. Ideally, they should update at least once a day.”

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