ICU reaches full capacity at Latvia's biggest 'Covid hospital'

The intensive care unit (ICU) at Riga East Clinical University Hospital (RAKUS) is at full capacity, said Imants Paeglītis, Chairman of RAKUS, on Latvian Television November 2.

Currently, more than 500 beds have been set up in five hospitals departments of RAKUS, with Covid-19 beds set up even in the Oncology department. On Monday, November 1, there were record levels: overall, 398 Covid-19 patients were treated at RAKUS, 74 of whom were in intensive care beds.

“The number is quite large and, unfortunately, only increases every day,” said Paeglītis. At the moment, the hospital has not begun to sort patients, but it could come to such a step at any time. Intensive therapy beds are almost 100% occupied.

“If there is an accident on Latvia's roads, where the involvement of the East Hospital is needed, in fact, we have already exhausted the intensive treatment opportunities. Then we begin to prioritize patients,” Paeglītis said.

The head of the East Hospital invited medics from other medical institutions to come to help the hospital, and not only in the care of Covid-19 patients. Especially nurses, anesthesiologists and reanimatologists are needed.


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