ICU and excessive care beds, oxygen and ventilators could not at all times be accessible: Netcare CEO

Netcare, one of many nation’s largest personal health-care suppliers, has mentioned that the surge in Covid-19 infections, significantly within the Jap Cape, Limpopo, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, has positioned a “vital and unprecedented demand” on the hospital group’s services.

In an announcement on Monday, Dr Richard Friedland, CEO of Netcare, mentioned in these 4 provinces, the variety of sufferers admitted to hospital far exceeds what was skilled within the first wave of the pandemic.

“Whereas we are going to at all times endeavour to supply care to sufferers arriving at our services, the elevated demand would require us to make selections concerning entry to sure therapy modalities. All these selections shall be based mostly on recognised worldwide tips of triage [allocation of treatment based on priority] and transition of care,” mentioned Friedland.

He mentioned that whereas medical, nursing and administration groups had been dedicated to offering the very best care accessible to all sufferers, “it could not, in circumstances the place the demand exceeds or overwhelms the capability, be capable to present all therapy choices that may be accessible in regular, non-pandemic circumstances”.