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NKTI reaches full capacity, will only admit PUIs who need dialysis


THE National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) on Wednesday joined the growing list of hospitals that have reached full capacity due to the surge in the number of patients infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

 “Despite our diligent efforts to accommodate all patients at our doorsteps, we are constrained to limit admissions,” said the hospital in a statement.

NKTI said it would only accept patients under investigation (PUI), who rely on dialysis, but the PUI would have to stay in the hospital’s quarantine tent facility in the Emergency Room-COVID field until their test results are out.

PUIs with moderate to severe pneumonia would have to be referred to another hospital facility, NKTI reported.

“Patients who may not be admitted will be given appropriate advice and medical treatment in coordination with their respective attending physicians.”

Currently, the hospital has 75 beds on its COVID field.

“We have already reached our full capacity despite expansion of our quarantine tent facility. Daily census average 76 PUIs and an average of 59 PUIs require hemodialysis treatment,” the hospital said.

NKTI has undertaken measures with medical frontliners and vulnerable patients in mind, saying: “We are firm with our main objective of preventing the spread of the virus inside the hospital by exercising stringent measures to protect our immunocompromised patients and health workers whose lives are also at stake during this crucial moment.”

As of 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the country has 3,764 total cases of the virus, with 177 deaths, and 84 patients recovered.


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