Updated: May 4, 2021 7:30:45 pm
The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has appointed three teams of doctors to monitor the availability of beds in the city’s five civic-run hospitals, which are struggling to accommodate patients amid the Covid-19 surge.
The teams appointed by the PCMC are tasked with taking a call on either home isolating patients, shifting them to other facilities or moving them to ICUs as per the patient’s condition.
“A patient who is considered stable or has oxygen saturation level at 92 per cent after a six-minute walk is moved out to either home islolation or shifted to other facilities. Every day, we are discharging at least 70 patients, which allows for new patients to be accommodated,” said Dr Sangram Kapale, the in-charge at PCMC-run Jumbo hospital.
The civic-run hospitals have a long list of patients waiting to get admitted either for oxygen support or to be put on ventilator support, and these steps have helped make beds available for patients in the queue, the PCMC health department said.
“Since bed management and bed availability are being strictly monitored, this is helping more patients find a bed in PCMC facilities. At the same time, patients who need ventilator support are also being stepped up…” said a doctor in one of the teams.
According to the PCMC health department, as many as 8,000 patients are admitted in various hospitals in Pimpri-Chinchwad. The city has at least 140 Covid-19 hospitals and 22 Covid Care Centres with a capacity of more than 10,000 beds. Of these, 3,800 are oxygen beds, 800 non-ventilator beds in ICUs and 450 ventilator beds.
As on Tuesday morning, only 300 beds, mostly non-oxygen beds, were available in these facilities, the health department said.
The teams have been appointed to tackle this persistent situation of non-availability of beds. The are either giving discharge to “stable” patients or shifting them to Covid Care Centres or other hospitals as required or demanded.
“A team of doctors from YCM hospital, led by Dr Abhaychandra Dadevar, takes a round of the Jumbo Hospital and decides whether patients should be home quarantined or shifted to Covid Care Centres,” said Dr Kapale.
The team that is looking after Auto Cluster bed management includes Dr Vinayak Patil and Dr Saurabh Gaikwad, at the Jumbo Hospital, the team includes Dr Abhay Dadevar, Dr Manjit Santre, Dr Santosh Thorat and Dr Anant Karale, at YCMH, the team includes Dr Aniket Lathi, Dr Ritesh Pathak, Dr Rakesh Waghmare and Dr Manoj Gajbhare.
Even the admission process in these hospitals is monitored by a team of doctors from YCM hospital. While a team of doctors has been placed at the jumbo hospital, the Auto Cluster admissions are being done through the triage of YCM Hospital.
The PCMC runs YCM hospital, where 650 Covid patients are admitted. “Only those who are on oxygen support or ventilator support are admitted to the hospital. If YCM hospital does not have beds, the patients are moved to Auto Cluster, Jumbo or to other facilities,” said YCMH dean Dr Rajendra Wable.
The PCMC runs two other hospitals — New Bhosari Hospital and Jijamata Hospitals — each having 100 beds.
Meanwhile on Monday, YCM hospital received a fleet of nine ambulances, including cardiac ambulances. The YCMH administration said it had given the proposal for purchase of the ambulances during the first Covid wave. However, after cases went down, PCMC had decided to postpone the procurement, which has now been carried out.
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