Nearly 56k patients in Karnataka may need oxygen beds, 10k ICUs | Bengaluru News – Times of India


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BENGALURU: With 3.2 lakh active cases in Karnataka, estimates by the state government indicate that nearly 56,000 patients may require oxygenated beds and 10,000 would need ICUs, going by ‘past experience’.
Not all of them would need these beds at the same time. However, the burden handled by the healthcare system in Karnataka in the second wave is three times that of the first wave of Covid-19.
“Oxygen requirement is projected based on the past experience that 17% of active cases may require oxygen beds and 3% of active cases may require ICU beds,” the state has submitted to the Karnataka high court.
The government has upgraded 22,000 oxygen beds, 1,500 ventilator beds, 700 ICUs and 1,248 high-flow nasal cannula beds across its facilities between March 11, 2020 and April 14 this year. All these beds can administer oxygen to patients.
Having broken multiple daily records to add more than 4 lakh cases this month, Karnataka had an active caseload of more than 3.2 lakh as of April 28. And, 17% and 3% of this would mean 55,910 and 9,866. It is using this estimate (of percentages) that the government has projected the need for 1,471 tonnes of oxygen per day by April 30.
Govt says firms have delivered 55,000 Remdesivir vials
Earlier in the month, data from the state drug controllers’ office had shown that more than 50,000 oxygen beds, including ICUs across the state, would need 1,643 tonnes of oxygen per day going by the oxygen flow rate of each bed. Some of these beds use 10 litres per minute, some use 24LPM and some 40LPM.
As reported by TOI earlier, the state has reported at least 45% shortfall in oxygen supply to meet the demand of 1,471 tonnes a day. Dr HM Prasanna, president, Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association, said the Centre has given a specific formula to project the oxygen demand. A senior health department official confirmed this.
Besides, the number of people needing critical drugs have also increased. The government said it had placed orders for 80,000+ vials of Remdesivir and pharmaceutical firms have delivered 55,000 of them. The rest is expected soon. The government is buying 93,000 vials and they are expected at regular intervals in 7-15 days. “(A) proposal is being moved to the cabinet to procure 1 lakh more vials,” the government said.
Health minister K Sudhakar said that not all Covid patients need Remdesivir and cautioned doctors against prescribing it to patients who do not need it. He said the government will take action against pharma firms if they fail to deliver the drug and said the state would seek a larger allocation from the Centre.

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