Covid-19: 78% beds in Bengaluru vacant; ICUs, ventilators near full | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: With a gradual decline in Covid-19 cases in Bengaluru, the hospital bed situation is improving as the demand for hospitalisation of infected patients has fallen.
As per data available on government beds on the BBMP website, the situation is far better among Covid general beds than other categories of beds. Of the total 7,195 general beds, 5,624 (or 78.1%) were available by 3pm on Sunday.
In high-dependency units with oxygenated beds, 2,098 (or 42.4%) of 4,945 beds were available. But the situation is not the same with ICU beds and ICU beds with ventilators. As per the website, only 20 (3.3%) of 589 ICU beds and just 10 (or 1.5%) of 637 ICU beds with ventilators are available.
While six ICU beds with ventilator were available in Rainbow Children’s Hospital and one each was vacant in government hospital, Anekal; KC General Hospital, Oxford Medical College Hospital and Research Centre and Dr BR Ambedkar Medical College Hospital.
The government beds are those in government hospitals and those in private hospitals which are reserved for patients to be referred and whose treatment is funded by public authorities.
Doctors in Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute said all 60 ventilator beds in Victoria Hospital were full, while 27 of the 35 ventilator beds in PMSSY hospital were occupied and the rest blocked.
Bed demand down by 30% in pvt hosps
Dr CR Jayanthi, dean-cum-director, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, told TOI: “Some of the patients are on ventilator for 15-20 days. Slow recovery in severe Covid cases is leading to a prolonged stay.”
The demand for Covid beds has reduced by 30% in private hospitals, according to Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (PHANA). Its president Dr HM Prasanna said that 20% of high-dependency units with oxygenated beds are vacant and ICU beds are fully occupied. As on May 29, the number of active cases in Bengaluru was 1.6 lakh, of which over 80% are in home isolation. The number of fresh cases were less than 5,000 on Saturday. Bengaluru’s Covid-19 incidence hit a peak on May 6 when 23,706 fresh cases were reported and the city had 3.3 lakh active cases.
BBMP chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta said that the availability of Covid beds has eased over the past 10-15 days. “From 10,000 enquiries our call centres used to receive, we get 2,000 a day. We faced a tidal surge, but it has gradually declined,” he added. BBMP officers said 28 Covid care centres set up by the government are largely vacant and not all need to be continued.
Prasanna said that PHANA will wait till mid-June and then ask for gradual release of 50% beds taken over by the government in private hospitals. “The government has reserved 50% of beds in private hospitals and 75% beds in private medical colleges to patients sent by public authorities,” he said.

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