Thursday, March 30

90% of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 in Santo Tomás do not have all their vaccines

Ana Belén Araúz, deputy medical director of the Santo Tomas Hospital explained, that 90% of hospitalized patients with Covid-19 in this facility do not have a complete vaccination schedule.

He indicated that the country experiences an increase in cases due to the presence of the omicron variant and has had an impact on the number of hospitalized patients, with the difference that there are fewer patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The behavior of fewer patients in the ICU may be the result of vaccinationArauz pointed out.

He detailed that they are currently a total of 89 hospitalized patients of which 6 are confined in the Intensive Care Unit; He mentioned that the main complication has occurred in patients with comorbidities, in those who have not been vaccinated or who do not have a complete schedule.

I make it clear that this hospital maintains the supplies, equipment and staff necessary to properly care for each Covid-19 patient.

Outpatient Appointments

In relation to outpatient appointments, Araúz pointed out that care of previously scheduled patients is maintained.

What we have stopped is the process of giving new appointments due to the increase in Covid-19 cases, and they have begun to be scheduled between the months of March and April to give the opportunity for the cases to decrease a little, ”said the deputy medical director.

elective surgeries

Regarding elective surgeries, he explained that in pandemic it has been a challenge and in the Santo Tomás hospital they have tried to carry out gradually according to priority and if the patient can be managed on an outpatient basis or does not require a hospital bed.

Arauz told the population that currently the country has tools which have been scientifically proven to be safe and beneficial such as the vaccine, at the same time the mandatory use of the mask, avoiding crowds and constant hand washing; He said they should continue to be practiced to stay healthy.