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KHMH Isolation Unit Maxed Out #544394
08/23/20 04:47 AM
08/23/20 04:47 AM
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Belize’s National Referral Hospital, the KHMH, has reached full capacity in its Covid-19 isolation unit. New Covid-19 cases and suspected cases will be attended to in the accident and emergency unit.

Activation of Alternate Emergency Area

The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority hereby informs the general public that the COVID-19 Isolation Unit has reached its full capacity and as a result, the facility's COVID Surge Plan is in effect.

The Alternate Emergency Area situated at the Specialist Outpatient Clinic has now been activated. Additional suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases will now be managed in the pre-existing Accident & Emergency Unit.

Access to the Alternate Emergency Area follows the same Triage process currently in place.

We advise the public that extreme emergency cases will be made a priority at this time.

If you are experiencing mild flu-like or respiratory symptoms, please call the toll-free MOH hotline (0-800-664-2273) or your nearest Primary Health Care facility for further assistance and guidance.

Re: KHMH Isolation Unit Maxed Out [Re: Marty] #544431
08/25/20 04:55 AM
08/25/20 04:55 AM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP
DHS explains KHMH Isolation Unit surge

With the number of deaths and positive cases climbing so fast, the COVID 19 isolation unit of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital has maxed out. On Saturday, the K.H.M.H. issued a press release saying the Unit was at capacity and so the facility’s COVID-19 Surge Plan was activated. This, according to the release, meant that the Alternate Emergency Area situated at the Specialist Outpatient Clinic was open to accept COVID-19 patients who needed to be hospitalized. D.H.S. Marvin Manzanero explains why the backup plan was triggered.

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“The Karl Huesner situation, as far as I know today, they have two ventilated patients. They do have sixteen ventilators that they can use. The reason why the COVID containment area was a little bit unclear in what went out as a press release on Saturday is because they have five adult and one pediatric ventilator for the COVID containment unit. So, two three weeks ago when you asked us how many ventilators the Karl Huesner has, we said right now it is six. We had no ventilated patients back then. Once you start getting your first ventilated patients then another six ventilators were taken from here to the Karl Huesner; Karl Huesner had another four and that adds up to the sixteen. So, what it does is that once you have your containment area full – of course now you only have two – but you had four on the weekend and then you had seven or eight awaiting results or confirmed for COVID-19. And that is when we spread out to the assigned area and the reason why A&E was highlighted is because the flow of A&E patient would be through a different route. You move along contingent on the patient that you have. So, they do have sixteen ventilators and people are asking if they are functional – do they work? Well, they are functional.”

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Re: KHMH Isolation Unit Maxed Out [Re: Marty] #544448
08/25/20 11:55 AM
08/25/20 11:55 AM
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Reading the article, it doesn't become clear to me what the capacity from the isolation unit in the KHMH is. I am also curious which people are submitted to the isolation area, severe cases, or also mild cases who could self-isolate at home?

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