Lung Center critical COVID-19 beds fully occupied, says spokesman

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 22) — A COVID-19 referral hospital advised the public to coordinate ahead with staff to avoid the long wait in the emergency room as critical care beds are fully occupied.

Lung Center of the Philippines spokesperson Norbert Francisco talked with CNN Philippines’ Newsroom Weekend on Saturday about the status of beds for critically ill COVID patients.

He added that coronavirus wards are almost always full of patients.

The hospital has 245 beds but only 160 are “operational,” Francisco said. Of the 160 beds, 75 percent are for severe, critical, and moderate COVID-19 cases, Francisco said.

He said they could allot more beds for coronavirus patients but rooms need to be renovated, and additional necessary medical equipment and manpower should be supplied.

“We are in need of 150, 60 nursing aides, 20 respiratory therapists, radiology technicians, medical technologists,” he said.

“Ang COVID kasi, very intense ang management niyan,” Francisco said.

[Translation: COVID-19 cases require very intense management]