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Covid 19: Delta patients shift from Auckland Hospital to reduce workload

Auckland DHB has reached 86% capacity in ICU.Photos / files

Covid-19-positive patients have been transferred from Auckland Hospital to other patients in the region as Auckland DHB has reached 86% capacity in the ICU.

Alex Pimm, director of the Board’s Patient Management Services, said this is part of a locally coordinated approach to managing capacity and demand in the Manukau DHB, Waitmata DHB, and Auckland DHB counties. Said.

Pimm has ensured that Metro Oakland DHB is properly deployed to manage an increasing number of Covid-19 patients.

Some patients have been transferred from Auckland Hospital to other patients throughout the region “to manage and balance Covid-19-related workloads,” Pim said.

Waitemata DHB is 50% capacity in ICU.Photos / files
Waitemata DHB is 50% capacity in ICU.Photos / files

As of October 22, 26 of the 50 patients receiving hospital-level care were in the Auckland DHB and none were in the ICU.

“We want to ensure that hospitals in the Auckland area are in a good location to manage the increased number of patients as a result of community infections,” Pim said.

“People in need of medical care this long weekend should contact Healthline, their regular GP, or the nearest emergency department if necessary.”

Margie Apa, leader of the Northern Regions Health Coordination Center, said Auckland’s three DHBs are working together to manage patients in the best possible environment.

There are 129 resource-equipped ICU / HDU beds in the Metro Auckland area. 94 in Auckland, 25 in Manukau County, including beds in the neonatal and pediatric intensive care unit, 10 in Weightmatter.

The ICU / HDU occupancy in the Metro Auckland area is currently 86 percent in Auckland, 44 percent in Manukau County and 50 percent in Waitmata.

Apa says hospitals have been actively increasing negative pressure capacity and improving ventilation in EDs, ICUs, and many wards, while providing quality care to all patients for months. Said.

“The work currently being done in all hospitals to build more negative pressure chambers is part of a long-term plan as part of their forward-looking capabilities,” she said.

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“Hospital staff carefully monitor capacity and demand from Covid-19 patients or other patients who may require hospital-level or intensive care.

“Since last year, Metro DHB has operated plans to enhance its ability to safely care for Covid-19 patients in a separate area dedicated to the hospital.”

Intensive care units may be used exclusively for Covid-19 patients in some areas, and other areas throughout the area will continue to be used for patients other than Covid-19 who require intensive care, Apa said. May be done.

“As part of our resilience and surge planning, DHB plans a variety of potential scenarios and continually upgrades and improves our facilities,” she said.

“DHB does not stop improving the facility. It is clear so far as hospitals continue to build negative pressure capacity.”

Covid 19: Delta patients shift from Auckland Hospital to reduce workload

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