The Garcia de Orta Hospital (HGO), in Almada, has the 155 beds allocated to Covid-19 occupied, the institution announced this Wednesday, stressing that its capacity “is beyond its maximum level” of the Contingency Plan.
According to the hospital, the Contingency Plan initially provided for a total of 66 beds in the infirmary and nine for intensive care, intended for Covid-19 patients.
“Today, Hospital Garcia de Orta registers a total of 155 positive patients due to SARS-COV-2 infection, of which 136 are hospitalized in the infirmary, 18 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and one patient admitted to the Hospitalization Unit Domiciliary, ”he said in a statement.
The hospital said that today it has 155 beds allocated to Covid-19, which represent close to 30% of the total number of acute beds, after converting on Tuesday another 16 non-Covid beds from surgical wards for the additional treatment of patients infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Since Tuesday, “there has been no availability of places to transfer patients from HGO, positive for Covid-19”, stresses the hospital, which has a total of 520 beds, excluding a nursery and the Home Hospitalization Unit.
Last Friday, HGO increased its response capacity in intensive care to a total of 28 beds, with the additional provision of four beds.
The institution states that it continues to adopt additional measures to respond to the “assistance pressure” that remains high in this hospital, having transferred patients to the North of the country.
Five patients were transferred to the Local Health Unit in Matosinhos and another five to the Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto.
Patients were also referred to other hospitals in the Lisbon Region that needed intensive care, within the scope of operation, in a network of hospitals that has been provided by the Regional Health Administration of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley.
In the Lisbon Region of Vale do Tejo, HGO has been one of the hospitals with the highest volume of patients infected with SARS-VOC-2, admitted to the infirmary.
“In the universe of hospitals in this region, HGO has maintained a high and continuous effort rate, in the order of 30%, to provide care to Covid-19 patients”, he stresses.
By the end of January, HGO plans to open a new containerized inpatient unit and another, for the external circuit for respiratory patients of the General Emergency Service.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Hospital has adopted different measures to improve access to care for all patients, such as the creation in the Intensive Care Service of six individual rooms of negative pressure and the expansion of the Intensive Care Unit.
The hospital is reevaluating the Waiting List of Registrants for Surgery to relaunch the contracting of operating rooms outside HGO, with surgical teams from Garcia de Orta during this month.
Portugal today registered 156 deaths related to Covid-19 and 10,556 new cases of infection with the new coronavirus, the highest daily values since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).
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