Covid-19 patient load exceeds 100% in some hospitals

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Currently, 1180 patients with coronavirus are being treated in hospitals. There are hospitals where Covid-19 patient loads exceed 100%, Latvian Radio reported January 3.

The Head of Emergency Medical Service (NMPD) Liene Cipule told Latvian Radio that this overload means that new patients who are brought are placed not in their intended beds, but in quickly adjusted rooms, so that they can be provided with any treatment.

The situation is particularly grave with intensive care in some hospitals, Cipule said.

Unfortunately, the possibility of providing care for severely ill patients is starting to run out, and in some cases the emergency service must take patients on longer trips to other hospitals in order to reach a hospital where these facilities are still available.

“It is not a simple situation, but I hope that a number of medical establishments will be approached next week, which could free up additional Covid-19 beds, and we could normalize work,” Cipule said.


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