Given the growing wave of Covid-19 infections, which has been registering more than 1,000,000 cases daily for several days, the demand for intensive care beds also increased. A report from the Argentine Society of Intensive Therapy indicated that it went from an occupation of 4% to 22% due to coronavirus infections between December 13 and January 10. And Tucumán is one of the provinces where this trend was most noted.
The data belongs to a national survey -published by La Nación- that the entity carried out on January 10, among 189 public and private intensive care units throughout the country, 39 of them, only dedicated to the pediatric field. The study was carried out, among other objectives, with the intention of analyzing the blow of the third wave.
The entity reported an occupation of 75%, but of that total, 22% corresponds to cases of covid-19. “An increase in the occupancy of adult ICU beds was observed, at the expense of a significant increase in positive covid patients in the last month,” he stated.
Most of the admissions for the disease “presented comorbidities”, in addition “half of the patients presented incomplete or no vaccination, these being the ones that required the greatest indication of mechanical ventilation,” the report specified.
One finding of the survey was that of the total number of positives for covid-19, about 24% did not know that they had contracted the disease when entering the health facility.
The Argentine Society of Intensive Therapy specified that, of the total number of patients admitted with covid-19, “50% had incomplete or no vaccination.” In turn, of that group, “62% required mechanical ventilation”, while only 28% of those who received full vaccination had “invasive ventilatory support”.
In relation to the occupation of beds, the highest proportions were registered in the provinces of Tucumán, Salta and Santa Cruz, reported SATI.
Meanwhile, in the 833 intensive care beds in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires (AMBA), distributed in the 44 centers surveyed, the occupation of by covid-19 amounted to 15%. Of this value, 62% was associated with a requirement for mechanical ventilation.
The 13 centers in the north of the country were the ones that most felt the rise in Covid cases that the country has experienced since December. The 242 beds in Tucumán, Salta and Jujuy had an occupancy of coronavirus patients of 43%, of which 40% were with mechanical assistance (ARM).
As for pediatric intensive care units, the total occupation is 61, but only 10% corresponds to patients with coronavirus. Of the positives for coronavirus, in addition, “of a total of patients admitted with Covid-19, 75% were registered with incomplete or no vaccination.”
“Given the enormous increase in patients with Covid-19 in ICUs, the SATI recommends that the population have a complete vaccination schedule, in order to reduce admissions for this serious pathology and require less use of mechanical ventilation,” recommended the entity in its conclusions.