The Unified Health System (SUS) of Rio de Janeiro reached, on Friday morning (27), more than 94% of occupancy of beds in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with patients infected by Covid-19. The network includes municipal, state and federal units.
In the private sector, more than 90% of vacancies are already filled.
The line for a bed of Covid-19 in the state of Rio de Janeiro had, until the morning of this Friday (27), 276 people infected with the new coronavirus or with suspicion of the disease. Among them, 123 had a serious health condition and needed a place in the ICU.
According to the State Health Secretariat, since the beginning of the new coronavirus pandemic in the state, at the beginning of the year, the highest bed occupancy rate had been on May 4, when it reached 98%.
This Thursday (26), 138 deaths and 1,644 new cases from Covid-19 were registered, representing an increase of 88% according to the moving average (which is the average of cases or deaths in the last 7 days).
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Even with the increase in cases and deaths, part of the beds remained deactivated. In May, the state had 2,564 beds and, in November, the number was 1,253.
To Good morning Rio, the president of the Hospital Association, Graccho Alvim, recalled that surgeries and elective exams in some hospitals were suspended for opening vacancies for patients with coronavirus.
“Some hospitals have already suspended elective surgeries and elective exams, because they are occupations of beds that we can determine and guide for the care of Covid. This growth is worrisome, mainly because we have almost the maximum capacity, we cannot fail to attend to these other diseases. We are attending urgent, emergency and Covid ”, said the president.
He informed that there is an attempt to negotiate with neighboring cities that have less pressure on Intensive Care Units (ICUs).
“We are reaching a point of great stress and then the network starts to become very critical, these service situations. What we have today are preventive measures, which are the use of a mask, social distance and avoiding crowding ”, said the president.
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Problems performing rapid tests
Residents from all over the state, mainly from the capital, reported difficulty in making the rapid test for Covid-19 in units of the municipalities. Some people said they went to Family Clinics with symptoms and officials said there were not enough tests.
A man said he infected his mother after not having the disease confirmed at the clinic.
“I was at the Antônio Gonçalves da Silva Family Clinic, in Realengo, and I received care on Saturday with severe symptoms from Covid: headache, cough, a little breathlessness and sore throat. The clinic staff simply said they had no more tests. I ended up passing it on to my mom because I wasn’t sure if it was Covid and she, eager to help me, got contaminated. We are here without a test ”, said the man.
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Like him, a woman reported that she was unable to take the test and that she fears for the family’s health.
“Twenty days ago I presented the symptoms of Covid-19, I sought care at the Carmela Dutra Hospital and the doctor passed me the exam to do the rapid test on the 23rd, so far I have not been able to do it. I need confirmation, whether I had it or not, because I have other people in the house. I need to preserve their health and I also want to get back to work. I can’t do a quick test, ”said the woman.
The City of Rio reported that patients who meet the criteria take the test or schedule it.
A 67-year-old was discharged on Thursday (26) after being hospitalized for four days in a hospital in São Gonçalo, in the Metropolitan Region of Rio. Seu Zezinho, as he is known, turns 68 on Sunday (29).
For him, leaving the hospital was a victory, mainly because he was at risk.
“I recommend that you avoid walking without a mask to avoid having to occupy the beds of those who are most in need, do not play with reality. I have my birthday now on November 29th and thank God I returned home healthy. I am going to celebrate my birthday with my family and I am very happy ”, celebrated the elderly.
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