Amid bed crisis, apartments set up facilities in Bengaluru | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: As oxygen and beds continue to remain elusive for many Covid-19 patients in the city, an apartment complex has created a ‘mini hospital’ on its premises. Some other complexes have opened Covid care centres for their residents.
Ranka Heights in Domlur has set up an emergency medical room (EMR) in its clubhouse with support from Manipal Hospitals. Primary equipment, including oxygen concentrators, hospital beds, oximeters, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, nebuliser and phablet, is available at the facility to monitor the health of patients.
Amid shortage of healthcare staff, around 10 residents have been trained as volunteers to man the EMR in an emergency.
Docs offer virtual guidance
According to apartment residents, Manipal Hospitals will remotely monitor the patient through video consultation. If the doctor advises respiratory assistance, an emergency request will be raised for an ambulance with a trained medical assistant.
A Covid task force within the community with two EMR members has been deployed to handle the situation. The doctor will remotely offer advice on basic emergency requirements like oxygen or CPAP therapy if the patient’s condition worsens. The equipment will be used to stabilise the patient as per the doctor’s instructions till the ambulance and professional medical help arrive.
Abdul Kuddus, a resident of the apartment and trained volunteer, said they did not want to take a chance as the complex is home to many elderly citizens. “When the surge began, our apartment had about 18 Covid cases. Delay in hospitalisation and ambulance arrival was a major concern. We thought we could handle the situation under doctors’ guidance and decided to set up the facility,” he added.
Karthik Rajagopal, chief operating officer, Manipal Hospitals, explained: “Given the current situation wherein apartments are witnessing a rapid spread of Covid cases, enhancing EMR support is one of the measures that addresses the need of the hour to support people. We hope to see this measure address basic needs of those testing positive, and endeavour to help more people during this crisis through interim healthcare centres in more apartments in Bengaluru in the coming days.”
Rohan Vasantha Apartments in Marathahalli has converted a guest room into a Covid care facility. Prabhu Patil, a resident, said that the society had tied up with two nearby hospitals. HA Nagaraj Rao, the president of the Bangalore Apartments’ Federation, said though complexes had made arrangements, compared with last year, the numbers of such societies had come down.
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