New Delhi, May 1 (ILNS) Taking a serious view over the scarcity of beds for COVID-19 patients in the National Capital, the Delhi High Court today observed that it appears ‘choking of beds’ is taking place in hospitals and nursing homes.
A Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rekha Palli directed the Delhi Government to ensure that a substantial number of beds should be available for the admission of patients on daily basis. The patients requiring hospitalisation with oxygen support are normally in a position to leave within 8-10 days, subject to their condition, the court said.
The bench noted that today around 20398 COVID beds exist in the Hospitals of GNCTD, Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes, which include all type of beds. Every day, a substantial number of beds should be available for the admission of patients. It appears that this is not happening,” added the Bench.
The Court observed that people contracting COVID-19 take about 10-14 days to recover. Most of them require home quarantine. About 10 per cent require hospital and some require oxygen support. Out of these, just one per cent are likely to require greater medical attention and admission to ICU.
The Court said most cases requiring urgent ICU beds, recover within two weeks with prescribed medication. It appears there is choking of Beds taking place in hospitals and nursing homes.
Advocate Rahul Mehra appearing for Delhi Government told the court that an order was passed by DGHS on April 25, about the revised discharged policy for the GNCTD hospitals. He said that there are patients, who may be admitted to ICU first and then transferred to oxygen-attached beds. Similarly, a critical patient admitted in an oxygen bed may not need its support after some days. Mr Mehra also showed to the court the order of LNJP hospital, which observed that patient staying in the hospital for more than seven days may be shifted. The court said that it was not clear that this transition is taking place.
The Court observed that looking at the shortage of oxygen beds and ICU beds with or without ventilators, we see malpractice is also taking place, where patients are not ready for discharge, despite being fully treated. ILNS/KR/RJ/SNG