Treatment protocols at hospitals are now tuned to consider all patients arriving with severe respiratory illness and influenza-like illness as COVID cases, as the state government pushes efforts to reduce the number of fatalities from that in July.
Across 19 government hospitals in Bengaluru, there are only 152 ICU beds, of which 99 are ventilator beds. Only nine ICU beds, six with ventilator, were vacant as of Monday evening, according to a centralised hospital bed database for the city.
Congress leader Siddaramaiah said his party is considering going to court over amendments to the land reforms Act. “The BJP government has made amendments to land reforms Act and has brought an ordinance.
The “Detroit Study'', a multi-hospital study published early July by US researchers, has shown that “treatment with hydroxyally, chloroquine alone and in combination with azithromycin reduces COVID-19 associated mortality'', the doctor in Bengaluru tells the Dharwad ICU.
An expert committee will evaluate the quality of the ICU ventilators supplied by the Central government’s procurement agency HLL Lifecare before these are deployed, a senior official in the Karnataka government said.
The government healthcare sector, private hospitals and medical colleges, together have only around 225 ICU beds with ventilators available for Covid-19 care, according to data available in public domain.
The bar on test reports being disclosed to patients was introduced after confirmed cases in Bengaluru rose, and a single-day high of 918 cases were reported on June 27, creating a surge in people trying to find hospital beds. It was intended to facilitate a centralised bed allocation system.
An expert panel had recommended home isolation as a means to ease pressure on hospitals and institutions on account of a spike in Covid-19 cases in cities like Bengaluru, since nearly 70 per cent of cases are asymptomatic.
According to sources, in-house experts of the state government are working on an app for health officials, who will be deployed at a call centre to guide patients to vacant beds in public and private facilities.
With coronavirus cases increasing and major government hospitals designated for Covid-19 patients unable to accommodate fresh cases, the Karnataka government has introduced a new two-layer hospitalisation system. This includes shifting asymptomatic patients to special care centres instead of hospitals, and involving private hospitals to care for patients with moderate risk at prices fixed by the […]
Bengaluru Covid-19 update: Epidemiologists say central to Bengaluru's Covid-19 control programme has been its continuing practice of quarantining positive cases and identifying contacts within 24 hours of a positive test result.