Manila Bulletin

ICU rate in 5 regions at high, critical levels – DOH

- By LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO

The intensive care unit (ICU) utilizatio­n rate in five regions, which include the National Capital Region, remain at high critical risk, the Department of Health said Wednesday, April 21.

In a virtual forum, Health Undersecre­tary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the April 18 Health Facility Capacity Report showed that the ICU utilizatio­n rate in NCR is at 84 percent (high risk), Cordillera Administra­tive Region (CAR) at 73 percent (high risk), Cagayan

Valley at 88 percent (critical risk), Central Luzon at 87 percent (critical risk) and Calabarzon at 83 percent (high risk)

Health care utilizatio­n rate in NCR, Vergeire said, is at 67 percent (moderate risk), CAR at 76 percent (high risk), Region II at 80 percent (high risk), Region III at 61percent (moderate risk) and Region IV-A at 70 percent (high risk).

“The healthcare utilizatio­n rate of priority regions are at moderate to high risk levels,” the4 DOH official added.

The occupancy rate remains high due to the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases.

“One aspect would be the increase in the number of cases. We can see that the average daily cases are still stable,” said Vergeire, adding that there are also cases where if one is mild, their cases may progress into severe or criticial and may need transfer to the ICU beds.

Vergeire bared there are also hospitals, especially in the NCR, where admission of mild and asymptomat­ic is still at 41 percent.

Meanwhile, she said COVID-19 patients who are undergoing home care should have internet so as to have immediate access to telemedici­ne services.

“They need to have that IT infrastruc­ture because those on home care must be linked to telemedici­ne so we can guide them on how to go about home care,” said Vergeire.

“They need to be accessible while at home so they can get adequate guidance on how to handle COVID-19 at home.”

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