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There are only 50 ICU beds available in Peru, warns the Peruvian Society of Intensive Medicine

The president of the Peruvian Society of Intensive Medicine, Jesús Valverde, reported this Monday that there are only 50 intensive care beds available throughout the country for the care of patients with coronavirus (covid-19) and other serious diseases.

In statements to RPP, Valverde explained that this amount only includes operational ICU beds, that is, those with a mechanical ventilator and qualified personnel to use them.

“Counting only the operational beds, we have 1,400 beds for the care of patients with covid-19 and other diseases. However, there is a percentage that is not operational because there is no human resource or there is no mechanical respirator. Between covid-19 and non-COVID-19 patients there are 1,350 occupied beds, ”he said.

It should be noted that the Situation Room of the Ministry of Health currently reports that 1,144 beds are occupied and 1,519 are available, so there are 375 ICU beds with ventilators available according to the official government registry.

The doctor also pointed out that the regions of Piura, Trujillo and Chiclayo no longer have intensive care beds, however he said that in Lima there is a significant reserve of ICU beds that are not yet used.

“The challenge is in the conditions for the air transfer of patients. In the private part there are beds for covid-19 patients, but those who are treated there are patients with insurance, it would be interesting if the agreements with the State are made effective so that there are transfers, patients who are in Piura would require it ”, He asserted.

However, Valverde stressed that doctors are already better trained in the treatment of this disease and that currently 70% of patients in ICU due to covid-19 manage to overcome the disease. “Intensive care is the tip of the iceberg, we have to strengthen the first level of care,” he concluded.


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