Oct 19, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Netcare warns that some medical care ‘may not be available to all patients at all times’ as hospitals quickly fill up

Medical group Netcare announced on Friday that it had increased hospital bed capacity, hired more resident doctors and tried to ensure adequate oxygen and medication were available as Covid-19 cases in Gauteng continued to rise / p>

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases announced on Friday that there were 11,777 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours in Gauteng alone, with 18,762 infections registered nationwide.

We always strive to do our best for any patient seeking treatment in any of our hospitals or clinics while ensuring the safety of our frontline staff, doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health care workers guarantee.

“We have significantly increased our Covid 19 bed capacity, hired more general practitioners and clinical employees Every effort has been made to ensure that we have an adequate supply of oxygen, the appropriate medication and personal protective equipment (PPE) through this increase, ”said Dr. Richard Friedland, CEO of Netcare.

The group said there are “extremely high” numbers of people with Covid-19 seeking help in their hospitals, “with numbers continuing to rise”. . This had placed significant demands on their facilities and “forced us to make decisions about the level of care and certain treatment modalities.”

“All of these decisions are based on recognized international triage guidelines, which means that treatment based on priority and transition of care.

“Our clinicians, nursing and management teams will provide the best possible care to our patients, but may not be able to do so when demand exceeds or exceeds capacity to offer all treatment options available under normal, non-pandemic circumstances.

“Our clinicians make these decisions based on available resources and their best clinical judgment. We fully support them in this difficult task and the complex decision-making process, “said Friedland.

In practical terms, this meant that” levels of care such as intensive and intensive care, ventilators or certain oxygen delivery “modalities may not be available to all patients available at all times. ”

The group said it was important that South Africans follow the guidelines and“ be more careful than ever ”.

“ Please remain vigilant about your Loving to protect yourself and the health system. It is critically important that each individual strictly follow Covid-19 precautions, including regular hand washing, avoiding social gatherings, ensuring good ventilation of your work and living environment, maintaining social distance and wearing a mask in public and in The free presence of others to protect themselves and prevent the virus from spreading.

“We cannot stress enough that all of these precautions must be carefully followed, as each person has a responsibility to help . flatten this new curve to avoid infection and transmission of the virus, “said Friedland.