NKTI declares full capacity, to limit ER admission

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Posted at Aug 08 2021 11:55 AM | Updated as of Aug 10 2021 08:09 AM

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MANILA (UPDATE) - The National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) announced Sunday it would limit admission at its emergency room after reaching full capacity due to an increasing number of COVID-19 and leptospirosis cases.

In an advisory, the hospital, located in Quezon City, said it would limit ER admission to emergency, urgent and renal cases.

"Right now, we are in full capacity of our COVID-19 in hospital beds and the five tents, with more than 50 patients at the ER," it said.

"Other cases may have to be transferred to other hospitals," the hospital added.

The hospital has 110 virus patients and 53 leptospirosis cases, its executive director Dr. Rose Marie Rosete-Liquete said Tuesday.

"Nagagawan naman lahat ng paraan it’s just talagang full capacity tayo para lang mapalagaan ang mga pasyente namin," she told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo.

(We can make do but we declared full capacity so we can care well for our patients.)

 

The NKTI said it opened its gym for leptospirosis patients, and converted other facilities for confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases.

"We have installed dialysis machines for exclusive use of leptospirosis patients so as not to mingle with COVID-19 patients," it said.

The gym, previously used to treat up to 50 patients, can now only accommodate 35 cases to enforce physical distancing, according to Rosete-Liquete.

Starting Monday, the hospital will also decrease its Internal Medicine and Nephrology outpatient consults, it said.

"We need to reassign our medical and nursing staff to where they are most needed," it said as it called on the Department of Health for staff augmentation.

"Our surgeries are confined only to those which have been previously scheduled in the next two weeks and for patients who are already in the hospital, so as not to compromise our patients," the NKTI added.

The NKTI is only one of several hospitals in Metro Manila dealing with an influx of patients as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the capital.

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