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South Korea: Over 1700 COVID-19 patients without beds and doctors desperate

South Korea: Over 1700 COVID-19 patients without beds and doctors desperate



 

South Korea: Over 1700 COVID-19 patients without beds and doctors desperate.

How bad is the South Korean epidemic? Thousands of people without care beds, doctors desperate. 

 

Since the implementation of ” Coexisting with Corona” in South Korea in early November, the number of new cases and severely ill patients in a single day has continued to surge.

Among them, the number of severely ill patients has been maintained at 2,300 since July.

It hurried all the way to nearly 900 people, and more than 1,700 people were waiting for hospital beds.

Experts predict that next week, medical resources may be on the verge of collapse, and the number of critically ill patients is more likely to exceed 1,000.

The medical team is very embarrassed, “It takes someone to die before there will be new beds!”

The shortage of intensive care beds for the COVID-19 in South Korea has resulted in “new beds will only be available when people die.”

 

South Korea: Over 1700 COVID-19 patients without beds and doctors desperate

The picture shows Boai Hospital in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province. (Photo/Reuters)

 

 

According to the “Yonhap News Agency”, Korea has accumulated 894 severely ill patients as of 0:00 on the 13th, which is a new high since the epidemic.

Among them, 1759 patients are waiting for beds, and some patients are even waiting in the emergency room of the hospital.

After more than 100 hours, although the government has made every effort to open more specialized hospitals and expand the number of beds, it is nowhere near the speed of deteriorating into severe cases.

It is estimated that by next week, the number of critically ill hospitals in the country may be saturated.

 

 

South Korea: Over 1700 COVID-19 patients without beds and doctors desperate
The Korean epidemic prevention authorities urgently built a “Mobile cabin hospital” in Seoul to expand the isolation and negative pressure hospital beds. (Photo / Dazhi Video)

 

 

Statistics point out that as of 5pm yesterday (12), the occupancy rate of intensive care beds in South Korea has reached 80.5% (1,031 out of 1,276 beds have been used), and the occupancy rate of intensive care beds in the metropolitan area is as high as 86.5% (out of 821 beds). Use 710 beds); As for other areas in the non-capital area, Gyeongsangbuk-do and Gangwon-do do not even have 1 intensive care bed, Sejong City has only 1 bed, and Daejeon City and Chungcheongbuk-do only have 2 beds.

 

Cheon Byeong-chul (천병철), a professor in the preventive medicine classroom of the Korea University School of Medicine, said that it is not impossible that the number of severely ill patients will increase to more than 1,000 in the future.

 

Professor Yan Joong-sik (엄중식, transliteration) of the Department of Infectious Medicine at Gachon University Gil Hospital said helplessly, “With the continuous shortage of hospital beds, the number of critically ill patients increases at a certain rate every day. The utilization rate of critically ill beds increases with the number of deaths. Changing!

Although the medical team does everything possible to reduce patient deaths, once this is successful, there will be no new intensive care beds; but if more patients die, new intensive care beds can be created. In fact, this kind of despair The situation is embarrassing.”

 

South Korea: Over 1700 COVID-19 patients without beds and doctors desperate

Medical workers are busy at a COVID-19 clinic in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, on Nov. 5, 2021, when the country reported 2,344 new cases. (Yonhap/Photo / Dazhi Video)/2021-11-05 14:03:46

 

 

As of 0:00 on the 12th, there were 1739 patients with COVID-19 pneumonia waiting for beds in the South Korean capital, of which 400 were waiting for more than 4 days, 658 were waiting for more than 1 day, 431 were waiting for more than 2 days, and 3 days.

There are 250 people above; and 517 patients who have waited for more than one day in hospital beds are among the elderly over 70 years old, and there are as many as 1222 people with chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.

 

The report finally pointed out that as the embarrassment of the shortage of hospital beds in South Korea has become more serious, the number of cases of death while waiting for beds at home, and cases of cardiac arrest when sent to the emergency room are increasing significantly, and other emergency patients due to myocardial infarction, cerebral hemorrhage, etc.

The number of cases of wandering to major hospitals after getting on an ambulance is also increasing, showing that Korean medical care is on the verge of “collapse”.

 

 

 

 

South Korea: Over 1700 COVID-19 patients without beds and doctors desperate.

(source:internet, reference only)


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