Hospitals still have enough beds for COVID-19 patients in Latvia

The issue of the possibility for hospitals to help all those affected by coronavirus is becoming more and more urgent. Latvian Television reported on the current situation at hospitals as of November 23.

As of Monday, 437 Covid-19 patients were being treated altogether in Latvian hospitals, 23 of whom in severe condition. 

Dozens of Covid-19 patients are brought into hospitals every day, but each day patients are also discharged. They continue their treatment at home. For example, 45 patients were admitted to hospitals on Monday, 13 were discharged. The discharged statistics include the dead.

Ziemeļkurzemes Hospital in Ventspils said on Monday, November 23 that the situation is stable. A total of eight COVID-19 patients are being treated, but at least 32 patients may be admitted if necessary. Similarly, at least 100 more patients could be admitted to Daugavpils regional hospital, where 50 are currently treated.

“The number of patients in the hospital is increasing from day to day and from week to week, but the increase is not so rapid that we cannot take adequate action,” said Imants Paeglis, Chairman of the Board of Riga East Clinical University Hospital (RAKUS).

The load of RAKUS's existing COVID-19 beds today is 65%, or 250 patients. If the load reaches 70%-75%, other services will be reduced.

“We've already limited some admissions, but we'll be forced to limit more and more. Of course, we will provide emergency services  in any case and also oncology patients are a priority,” added the head of RAKUS.

Another step would be limiting outpatient services. The hospital manager pointed out that the beds itself would be enough, but they have no purpose if doctors and nurses are lacking.

Working directly with those affected by coronavirus is also affecting the staff. Regular dressing in protective gear, deaths of patients, all of this leaves an impression.

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