ICU beds in Bangkok hospitals may be able to facilitate patients for only up to 7 days, if the Covid-19 infections continue to rise to or more than 1,500 cases a day, CCSA (Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration) spokesperson Taweesilp Visanuyothin revealed this morning, April 23rd.
The spokesperson said that Dr. Kiattaphum Wongrajit, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health, reported in regards to the ICU hospital bed situation in Bangkok hospitals that there are a total of 262 ICU beds. About 193 of them were already occupied while the other 69 were still available.
In negative pressure rooms for severe Covid-19 infections, there are about 479 beds in total. About 410 of them were already occupied while the other 69 were still available, according to the Permanent Secretary.
The CCSA committee then forecasted that if there are about 1,500 domestic infections per day, the hospitals nationwide would need 52 ICU beds per day and would need to be available for 19 days while the hospitals in Bangkok alone would need about 12 to 13 ICU beds per day, expecting to be available for only 7 to 8 days.
Dr. Taweesilp said that the Ministry of Public Health had already acknowledged the issue and were trying their best to reintegrate the bed management as well as medical personnel, particularly in Bangkok where the highest number of daily infections were reported during the third outbreak.
“The Ministry of Public Health, through the Permanent Secretary, said that the Ministry had been working with many related departments to share and add a number of available hospital beds in the ICU room in Bangkok hospitals. The management might include narrowing down other hospital wards and adding ICU rooms at busy field hospitals. They are still under discussion,” Taweesilp concluded.
TPN media notes that Thailand requires all Covid-19 positive cases, even those who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, to be treated under medical care. The majority of these are at field hospitals. Self-isolation at home in Thailand is currently prohibited, although the majority of cases are still asymptomatic according to the CCSA.
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