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    Covid-19 patient dies after waiting 1 week for ICU bed

    As Bangkok faces a health crisis of bed shortages for Covid-19 patients, one woman died after waiting a week to be assigned an ICU bed. The woman was 38 years old from Laos and lived in Ban Krua Nuea in Bangkok. She suspected that she caught Covid-19 at her work selling clothes around Pratunam Market.


    After developing a cough she went to a local hospital to get tested for Covid-19 and when the diagnosis came back positive her 42 year old husband was tested also and was confirmed to have the Coronavirus. The diagnosis came on June 18, and she was instructed to wait for an ambulance to pick her up and bring her to a hospital when a Covid-19 ready bed was available.


    Once her husband was also diagnosed with Covid-19, he began contacting the hospital to ask when she would be picked up. But the only response he got was advice on how to care for his ailing wife. Frustrated, he contacted several other hospitals in the area when her symptoms worsened, hoping to get help more quickly.


    2 days ago she said that she was feeling chest pains and then passed out. Doctors instructed her husband on how to administer CPR while dispatching an ambulance, but by the time it arrived just after noon, the medical staff checked her vitals and pronounced her dead on the spot.


    Following the incident, an assistant spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration announce that several Bangkok hospitals would be adding more bed capacity to deal with Covid-19 outbreaks. Bang Khun Thian Geriatric Hospital has committed 16 beds for severely affected patients and 70 beds for more mild cases. Thon Buri Hospital Pledge 255 additional beds, while Ratchaphiphat Hospital said they would make available 140 more beds.


    A doctor at the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital complained on Facebook about how there are less than 25 available intensive care unit beds throughout Bangkok. He said that in Thailand during the original Covid-19 outbreak, 200 beds were available and the number was beefed up to 300 beds when the second wave struck later in the year.


    With the much more severe third wave of Covid-19, the available ICU beds increased to 500, but 475 of them are already occupied by people suffering from Covid-19. Itís not as simple as just pulling out the spare cot in your guest room, as 300 of those patients are on ventilators, and 175 of them have some form of life support equipment like high-flow nasal oxygen. The lack of available medical equipment is quickly becoming a crisis in Bangkok.


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    "The lack of available medical equipment is quickly becoming a crisis in Bangkok. " It already is a crisis! And I suspect it will get a lot worse.

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    I wonder if her lack of ability or nationality to pay was a factor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy John View Post
    "The lack of available medical equipment is quickly becoming a crisis in Bangkok. " It already is a crisis! And I suspect it will get a lot worse.
    After senior doctors said the Covid-19 outbreak situation was critical and suggesting a one-week lockdown in Bangkok, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul reassured people that the health system will not collapse.

    Anutin says health system won't collapse despite shortages | Thaiger

    erything is just fine ........

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    ^ indeed, TBH anytime I read official statements denying having an issue or reassuring on his services capacity to handle the issue, I read it as a sign that things are going sideways.

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    Last year the relevant ministry stated there were approximately 6,000 ICU beds in the whole of Thailand with around 10,000 ventilators. In an interim report in April 2020 relating to Bangkok they stated there would be 292 ICU beds available by May from government, private and academic sectors. Last week we are told by leading health officials that there were 23 ICU beds left from their original tranche and the system was now up to capacity. Personally, I think the total countrywide statistics are inflated and to be taken with a large pinch of salt.

    The problem of course is not only the equipment but the availability of trained personnel and specialised nursing staff qualified in providing respiratory therapy. Some perspective is needed here. The UK with an annual budget of £120 billions has a total staff of 1 million including 138,000 doctors and 300,000 nurses. For a similar sized population Thailand has approx. 28,000 doctors and 200,000 nurses.

    At the height of the third wave the UK was having to ration ICU care and 'euthanised' patients over 80 years old.

    If Thailand does not reduce the 'R' rate and get a grip of this latest outbreak then the Thai health service will be overwhelmed. Talk of converting geriatric hospitals and creating more 'field' hospitals is merely pap for PR consumption churned out by the regime shills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    Last year the relevant ministry stated there were approximately 6,000 ICU beds in the whole of Thailand with around 10,000 ventilators. In an interim report in April 2020 relating to Bangkok they stated there would be 292 ICU beds available by May from government, private and academic sectors. Last week we are told by leading health officials that there were 23 ICU beds left from their original tranche and the system was now up to capacity.

    they are talking about available beds you jumped up, illiterate plonker

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    Sorry, but your point seems to be obscured by your post's incoherence.

    Care to have another go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    Sorry, but your point seems to be obscured by your post's incoherence.

    Care to have another go?

    I'll type slower.

    Available beds means vacant beds. Not the total number of beds in the health system.

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    You still haven't made your point in relation to my post. Can you not amplify or is it beyond you?

    The speed at which you may choose to type does not alter your ability to express yourself, or perhaps it does and your mental faculties are asynchronous to your typing skills.

    Anyway, try again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    Last year the relevant ministry stated there were approximately 6,000 ICU beds in the whole of Thailand with around 10,000 ventilators. In an interim report in April 2020 relating to Bangkok they stated there would be 292 ICU beds available by May from government, private and academic sectors. Last week we are told by leading health officials that there were 23 ICU beds left from their original tranche and the system was now up to capacity. Personally, I think the total countrywide statistics are inflated and to be taken with a large pinch of salt.

    The problem of course is not only the equipment but the availability of trained personnel and specialised nursing staff qualified in providing respiratory therapy. Some perspective is needed here. The UK with an annual budget of £120 billions has a total staff of 1 million including 138,000 doctors and 300,000 nurses. For a similar sized population Thailand has approx. 28,000 doctors and 200,000 nurses.

    At the height of the third wave the UK was having to ration ICU care and 'euthanised' patients over 80 years old.

    If Thailand does not reduce the 'R' rate and get a grip of this latest outbreak then the Thai health service will be overwhelmed. Talk of converting geriatric hospitals and creating more 'field' hospitals is merely pap for PR consumption churned out by the regime shills.
    And here we are a week later and the deputy lead civil servant of the health ministry is now informing the public that there are no more ICU beds available and people are now dying at home and the entire health service for the metropolis is in crisis.

    As i said before, with an 'R' rate exceeding 1, and an ever rising daily total of new cases of more than 6500, the outbreak will be out of control at an exponential rate enveloping the whole of the country in a little over six weeks with a potential death rate among an ageing population, with a very high incidence of diabetes, numbering the tens of thousands.

    Still, as long as the various companies can vaccinate their factory employees then that's the main thing. No need for a lockdown, eh?

    This useless regime has blown it and created a disaster by delaying the vaccination programme. The Moderna private health scam source has now been exposed for the shit it truly is now that the true delivery date, end of the year/beginning Jan 2022, has been revealed.

    Surely, a third world circus populated by idiots.

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