Wednesday, December 2

Coronavirus in Alicante | The occupancy of ICUs by covid is already close to 39% and exceeds the national average


Health personnel attend to a patient in the ICU.

Health personnel attend to a patient in the ICU.
Pilar Cortes

In a single day there eight more people admitted to Intensive Care Units of the province of Alicante. These services are the ones that are supporting the most tension, with incomes that are also very long, over two weeks. The situation is worrying in the province, where the occupation of patients covid In Intensive Care it reaches 38.75% and exceeds the average for the Valencian Community, which stands at 36.5%. Too the situation of the Alicante ICUs is worse than the national average, that touches 32%. With these figures a risk 4 is reached, the highest of the last scale proposed by the Ministry of Health. To reach this very high risk level, you have to exceed 25% occupancy.

Right now there are 93 critically ill patients in the province and the situation is especially complex in hospitals of Orihuela and Elda. Both have had to resort to beds they had in reserve, they have suspended operations and have referred patients to other hospitals given the extreme saturation they suffer. At General Hospital of Alicante, The pressure on its Intensive Care Unit has already forced to enable the children’s operating room area to enter sick covid under the care of the Anesthesiology service.

THE FIGURE: 520 people admitted to the hospital floors. Hospital admissions have taken a slight respite, dropping by 11 in a single day

Just yesterday, the president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, and the Minister of Health, Ana Barceló, held a meeting with the managers of the Community hospitals to analyze the specific situation of each department, especially those that are most saturated, such as Elda and Orihuela. Within the framework of this meeting by video call, the managers of the Torrevieja and Vinalopó hospitals, public but managed by Ribera Salud, They have offered the Generalitat Valenciana support to alleviate the healthcare pressure of other hospital centers in the province of Alicante. The managers of both departments maintain that, despite the growing trend in income from the second wave of the pandemic, the Torrevieja and Vinalopó hospitals are in a stable situation in terms of income with the possibility of even receiving patients from other departments.

In her appearance yesterday, the Minister Barceló assured that hospitals in the Community «have the capacity to grow and take more spaces through contingency plans that are put in place based on pressure. It should be remembered that the province has 200 ICU beds, in public and private hospitals, a figure that can be doubled with the Anesthesia areas. At the moment there would be some 240 beds operating in the province after three hospitals have opened their reserve areas.

PLANS: Ability to double beds in 24 hours. After the first wave, the hospitals in the province have a 200-bed ICU mattress to open in case of need

What is not contemplated opening, for now, are field hospitals. “They are already playing a role, since they carry out the national seroprevalence study or the coronavirus tests for schoolchildren,” said Barceló, who insisted that these facilities “will be opened as we need them.”

Intensive care physicians consulted by this newspaper believe that more operations will have to be suspended in the coming days to leave intensive care beds free. The next step, if the situation continues to complicate, is to reduce external consultations.

99.7% of the shoots are autochthonous

99.7% of the outbreaks detected in the Valencian Community are autochthonous, and 0.3% of other autonomies, according to the minister Barceló said yesterday. Regarding their origin, the social environment continues to be the priority route of contagion and is increasing, with 69.8% of outbreaks. 14.3% has occurred in the workplace and the rest corresponds to other areas. By age groups, 41.2% affect people between 35 and 64 years old, 25.7% correspond to the group between 15 and 34 years old and 18.9% to those over 64 years old. Likewise, 89.3% are outbreaks of small magnitude (less than 10 people). By province, 24% was produced in Alicante.

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