Karnataka Covid-19 cases in ICU fell 78% to 208 in two months | Bengaluru News – Times of India
Early detection, aggressive treatment in the initial stages and timely use of antiviral drug remdesivir in moderate to serious cases have helped keep patients out of ICUs, said a member of the state technical advisory committee on Covid-19.
Most of the current ICU cases are in government hospitals. As on December 25, Bengaluru Urban had 99 patients in ICUs, the highest among all districts. Kalaburagi had 11 and Tumakuru nine. Yadgir, Ramanagara, Chitradurga and Chikkaballapura districts had no such cases.
On any given day, the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI) has more than 100 Covid-19 patients. Of these, 25 to 30 need intensive care. “The majority of these cases are referred from private hospitals. When patients admitted to private hospitals can’t afford ICU treatment there, they are sent to government hospitals,” said Dr Smitha Segu, the nodal officer for Covid-19 management at BMCRI.
With coronavirus infections declining, health officials have stopped referring patients to private hospitals for free treatment. Most are sent to government facilities, which have adequate bed capacity at the moment.
According to Dr Segu, three to four ICU patients are from other districts and states. “As the number of cases is low currently, we are able to manage. Those who are admitted are mostly severe patients who need high-flow nasal oxygen, non-invasive ventilator support or ICU treatment,” she said.
Geriatrician Dr Anoop Amarnath, who is a member of the state Critical Care Support Team for Covid-19 management, said that factors such as caseload, severity and mortality were interlinked. “As infections have come down, naturally the number of ICU cases has reduced, and so has the severity,” he said.
Dr Amarnath and other experts on the team monitor Covid-19 patients in ICUs across the state through e-rounds. The team was set up in Bengaluru in May to standardise critical care in the state.