ICU that did not see you
When there’s no demand for an ICU it’s a good thing. But when a fully-equipped ambulance, with five
This ICU-on-wheels, has been stationed outside the Anekal general hospital for a week now, and it has no covid patients. Doctors at the hospital say that this bus, modified into a state-of-the-art ambulance, came a little too late.
The Sarige Suraksha (ICU on the wheels) vehicle was launched on May 19 by
The Anekal General Hospital has about 66 beds including 8 ICU beds with ventilators. Of these only eight beds with oxygen are available now. During the peak, when the daily bed requirement was over 30, the hospital had made arrangements by setting up extra beds in a tent on its premises. When
A hospital staff who did not wish to be named said, “The vehicle has five ICU beds out of which three have ventilator facilities. We haven’t been able to use it fully, as we need to deploy staff or a doctor to stay inside the vehicle at all times. We don’t have enough staff.”
Two weeks ago we were getting about 30 new patients every day and it was difficult to attend to everyone. But now the number has dropped
–Dr Nalini, Anekal General Hospital
Dr Nalini added that when the cases started increasing in April, they were short-staffed and did not have ventilator support in their hospital to treat the patients. “Within a short time, we arranged additional beds along with staff, which was sponsored for the hospital. The main requirement at that time was ICU ventilator beds, which were also taken care of. If the cases increase, we will start using the ICU-on-wheels,” she said.