Hospital Garcia de Orta, in Almada, suspended visits to hospitalized patients, except in pediatrics and obstetrics services, due to the pandemic evolution, according to an official source.
This hospital, which serves an estimated population of around 350,000 inhabitants in the municipalities of Almada and Seixal, in the district of Setúbal, currently has 50 hospitalized patients infected with SARS-CoV2, of which 45 are in the ward, three in Intensive Care Units and two in home hospitalization.
According to data from the communication office of Hospital Garcia de Orta (HGO), as of the third week of November, the hospital unit has seen a growing trend of hospitalization of covid patients, with the pace of this growth having accelerated since the last days of 2021. .
The current occupancy rate (adult units) at the HGO is 95.5%, with the Internal Medicine wards fully occupied (100%), so another phase of the Contingency Plan was activated, autumn/winter 2021/2022 module .
In response to questions from the Lusa agency about the impact of the evolution of the pandemic on the management of the hospital unit, the HGO communication office explained that, “in order to respond to ‘covid’ patients and ‘non-covid’ patients, Hospital Garcia de Orta has been making adjustments, with the aim of following up on the needs of users who use this hospital”.
With regard to the response to “covid patients”, he added, the HGO has increased its capacity and, at the moment, has two dedicated adult wards, in addition to areas dedicated to “covid patients” in Intensive Medicine, Pediatrics and Obstetrics.
With regard to the continuity of care for “non-covid” patients, the increase in hospitalizations led to the activation of another phase of the contingency plan, with the readjustment of surgical services and the conversion of surgical beds into medical beds (“no covid”).
“It is important to emphasize that the conversion of surgical beds into medical beds aims to respond to an increase in patients in the medical field, with hospitalization criteria”, he stressed.
The measures adopted, added the HGO, imply adapting the activity of professionals to existing needs, so that all users are assured of an adequate clinical response.
Emergency department receives more and more non-urgent patients
Asked if there is an increase in the influx of non-urgent patients to the emergency room, the hospital explained that it has been registering a greater number of patients in the emergency room and, at the same time, a greater number of non-urgent patients.
In this influx to the emergency room, the office explained, the hospital notes the existence of users who go to the General Emergency Service (SUG) of the HGO, without urgency criteria, referred by the SNS24 line, and who could be observed in the Dedicated Patient Areas. Respiratory (ADR) of primary health care units (ADR-C).
Also according to the same office, the hospital has received users who arrive by their own means and do not meet observation criteria in the emergency department, with patients being screened, according to the Manchester Triage protocol, as less urgent (green) and not (blue) and that could be followed up in primary health care units.
Other users have also arrived at the emergency room to perform a test for SARS-CoV2 infection because they received information from the SNS24 line that they will be able to perform the test, among other institutions, also at the HGO, given that the hospital works 24 hours a day.
But, due to the high turnout to the General Emergency Service in recent days, referenced by the SNS24 line, the HGO has been forwarding users without an emergency to the Dedicated Areas for Respiratory Patients (ADR-C) and referring users who seek to carry out a covid-19 test at the Harvest Stations intended for this purpose.
“The HGO repeatedly warns the population that, in case of illness, citizens should first contact the family teams of the primary health care unit, reserving acute, urgent and emerging situations for care at the HGO SUG”, the hospital advanced in a response sent to the Lusa agency.