Most of the infirmary and intensive care beds for covid-19 patients in Lisbon and the Tagus Valley are already occupied, revealed the regional health authority today, announcing the creation of two teams for the management of beds.
In a note released, the Regional Health Administration of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (ARSLVT) indicated that, on Tuesday, hospitals in that region had 517 infirmary beds dedicated to covid-19 patients, 420 of whom were occupied.
In the Intensive Care Units (UCI), 64 of the 97 available beds were occupied.
However, ARSLVT said that the contingency plan in place for the management of hospital beds “provides for three levels of response” and can “increase successively”.
In the case of nursing beds, it can be increased to 571 (level one), 738 (level two) or 917 (level three), while in the beds of the UCIs it can expand to 104, 148 or 185, respectively.
The Regional Health Administration of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo also announced that it has implemented a new model to manage hospital beds, creating a centralized management group that will “ensure proper articulation”.
In the statement, ARSLVT reported that the new model consists of two teams: the Regional Centralized Management Group (GRGC) and the Decision Support Nucleus.
The GRGC “will analyze the information worked on by the Decision Support Center” and also interface with hospitals in the region.
“The GRGC has the collaboration of elements from various groups of health professionals and works with the ARSLVT board of directors, reporting to its president. In its operating model, it articulates with the boards of directors of the regional hospitals of the National Health Service , through your clinical directions “, he explained.
The Decision Support Nucleus, on the other hand, has competencies in “matters of coordination of operations, logistics and information” and consists of “elements of the General Staff of the Armed Forces”.
According to ARSLVT, the two teams began work “this week” with the aim of “balancing the best possible answer to all citizens’ health needs, implying the ability to adapt and continuously adjust services in an uncertain scenario”.
The covid-19 pandemic has already caused more than one million and ninety-three thousand deaths and more than 38.5 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 2,128 people died from 93,294 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.
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