As active Covid-19 cases rise by 30% in Mumbai, ICU bed availability shrinks again | Mumbai News

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MUMBAI: Covid ICU beds are once again in short supply — particularly in private hospitals — at a time when active cases in the city have risen nearly 30% over the fortnight.
BMC officials said ICUs in two jumbo facilities would be thrown open by the coming weekend, adding 250 beds.
A BMC dashboard showed that of the 1,399 Covid ICU beds in the city, 1,258 were occupied and only 141 were available on Saturday.
Of the 931 beds supported by a ventilator, merely 43 were available. Of the 528 ICU beds in private hospitals, only 38 were vacant on Saturday. Of the 871 ICU beds of the BMC, only 103 were available.
Around 1,100 patients out of the 22,220 active cases and 6,485 symptomatic cases were critical. The active cases in the city jumped from 18,299 to 22,978 in 15 days.
Almost all major private hospitals were running to capacity and BMC tertiary hospitals were filling up fast. Dr V Ravishankar of Lilavati said nearly all 140 Covid beds at the Bandra hospital were occupied. “The bed situation has worsened. A lot of people from out of Mumbai are coming now,” he said.
At Bhatia Hospital in Tardeo, the Covid facility of 100 beds is full and there is a waiting list of 20 for a bed in the ward and 15 for an ICU bed.
Dr Hiren Ambegaonkar, CEO of SL Raheja Hospital, said the bed occupancy was 60%-70% two weeks ago. The 130 Covid beds at the hospital, including 14 ICU beds, were fully occupied. “The occupancy has suddenly spiralled to almost 100%. We don’t admit any asymptomatic at all. We are strictly admitting those with fever and dropping oxygen levels,” he said.
Additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani said that though there was a rise in demand for beds, the situation was not out of control. “There is a bit of a bed crunch in the private sector, but ICU beds are available in the public sector. In addition, we are starting 250 ICU beds in a matter of days,” he said.
The jumbo facilities at Mahalaxmi and Nesco, Goregaon, will start 30 and 220 ICU beds, respectively. The inauguration is likely in a few days, and the ICUs will start admitting patients after that.
Dr Deepak Baid, president, Association of Medical Consultants, said the decision to remove 73 nursing homes from the Covid care list was hasty and ill-timed.
A ward official said there was reluctance to go to jumbo centres, where the mortality rate was a cause for concern.



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