“We have already reached a maximum capacity of beds for critical patients”, Mario Ruiz, medical manager of the Fund.
With a sober message on the facebook of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund. The physicians of the institution reported the total quota of intensive care beds.
“We arrived at the moment we expected not to arrive. Last night, at 6:30 p.m., four critically ill patients were left without a bed to be treated in national hospitals because the number of beds available in the ICU has already been reached,” said Ruiz
The CCSS has been reiterating its maximum capacity of 359 ICU beds for covid-19 and to date 349 are enabled. “We have 116 critical beds enabled of which 99 are occupied, that is, we only have five critical beds for adults available: one in the San Juan de Dios hospital, two in the Fernando Escalante Pradilla hospital and two in Ceaco. We have three pediatric beds. “In addition, nine beds are blocked because patients with the presence of highly dangerous microorganisms have to be isolated, the manager explained.
Dr. Marco Vargas explained that this Christmas dinner “could be the last for many people. There are no beds for critical patients, it is not a vision, it is real ”.
Dr. Marco Boza, intensivist physician explained that when a patient is admitted to the ICU he has lost the functionality of organs such as lungs, brain, liver, kidneys, circulation, metabolic disorders.
Some may evolve with imminent risk of death and require more specialized support from their organs that is only available in these critical beds ”.
The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas stated that “queuing in a store is optional, queuing in an ICU is not optional”, so he appealed to the responsibility of people to avoid crowds and not break sanitary measures .