SPMC notes drop in Covid-19 bed occupancy

THE Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) noted a 50-percent drop in Covid-19 bed occupancy rate in its intensive care unit (ICU) and ward beds after experiencing full occupancy in the past month.

According to the SPMC Covid-19 daily statistics as of November 2, the ICU bed utilization rate is at 45.05 percent wherein 50 out of the 111 beds are occupied, while ward bed occupancy is at 42.24 percent with 177 out of the 419 beds are occupied.

SPMC Chief Dr. Ricardo Audan revealed that the positivity rate in the hospital facility has alsod dropped to only 1.94 percent compared to the previous positivity rate that reached as high as 70 percent.

In addition, he said there was also no recorded Covid-related death in the November 4 data while he emphasized that majority or 83 percent of Covid-19 admissions are unvaccinated individuals.

SPMC, from late August until September this year, has been fully occupied with Covid-19 patients seeking critical care. Audan said in a previous report that they attributed the influx of patients to the highly infectious Covid-19 Delta variant.

Due to the low admission of Covid-19 patients, he said they removed 98 beds from their Covid-19 bed allocation. Some hospital personnel catering to Covid-19 patients have also been reassigned to their regular stations.

He said that many patients, particularly those from elective surgeries, will be catered once again.

Patients, however, will still need to undergo teleconsultation before they will proceed to the face-to-face transaction to protect their health personnel.

He said they are hoping that this would continue until the end of the year, so the public could experience a “merrier Christmas” celebration.

The Davao City Government recently issued Executive Order (EO) No. 60 Series of 2021 on October 29 but was only published on Tuesday, November 2, designating SPMC as the lone referral hospital for confirmed patients with the decrease in confirmed and active Covid-19 cases.

The city has also discontinued its home isolation.

The EO, which took effect immediately, will continue carrying out Covid-19 services for now as the number of confirmed cases in the city decreases and the vaccination and recovery rates are improving.

All private hospitals in Davao City shall ensure support to SPMC by not admitting confirmed positive Covid-19 patients; reopening their facilities to accommodate confirmed patients in case of a surge, and must prepare for the possibility of being designated as a Covid-19 hospital.

Private hospitals shall be on a decking order and will be properly informed by the City Government and Department of Health (DOH) as to when they shall reopen as a Covid-19 hospital.

Audan said they will only cater to moderate, severe and critical patients, while mild and asymptomatic patients will be brought to the temporary treatment and monitoring facility.

SunStar Davao

SunStar Davao

SunStar Davao is Davao City's most sought after community content provider in both print and online. It is part of the SunStar news network in the Philippines. Sun.Star Davao started as a bi-weekly newspaper Peryodiko Dabaw in December 1985 by Elpidio G. Damaso as the so-called alternative press during the end days of the Marcos dictatorship. It started publishing five times a week the following year and was relaunched as Ang Peryodiko Dabaw on September 7, 1987, marking the entry of new investors and its use of desktop publishing, while its Davao City competitors were still using letterpress.

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