After a few cases of COVID patients losing lives because they were late to be turned-in to the hospital, Kolkata doctors are ringing an alarm over urgency with which COVID patients must be handled and given medical assistance as soon as possible.
According to the Times of India, hospitals, and doctors are concerned over the rising numbers of coronavirus cases erupting across the City of Joy and the impact it is having on some cases who are unable to get required medical assistance of time, thereby losing lives.
Several cases were reported when patients with initially mild symptoms, had to wait before getting admitted to hospitals due to the scarcity of beds. In severe instances, patients were bought for hospitalization in severe conditions, some requiring ICU. Hospitals in Kolkata are concerned about the rush for beds and more and more patients needing intensive care.
In one case, a 72-years-old man’s family failed to get a bed in three private hospitals and had to wait. Within three days the man’s condition worsened and he died within hours of being admitted to a nursing home. He had developing severe breathing issues. This is one of several similar cases reported across Kolkata, perhaps other cities.
Onco-surgeon Dr. Sourav Datta has warned against being picky about choosing a hospital, or else lives will be lost, TOI reports. “With the sharp spike in numbers continuing, beds will rarely be available at the leading hospitals. So, patients and their kin will have to settle for smaller hospitals and nursing homes,” Dr. Datta said.
“They will at least ensure that critical patients receive oxygen support, which could be life-saving.”
Another doctor from one of Kolkata’s leading hospitals, Belle Vue clinic said infected patients if they’re staying at home, must be regularly checked for the vitals like blood sugar, oxygen saturation levels, and blood pressure.
Rahul Jain of Belle Vue also said that patients must take brisk walks in the available space to check if it inculcates any breathing difficulties like breathlessness. “If they experience anything unusual, a doctor should be consulted immediately and hospitalization sought,” Jain told The Times of India.
Confederation of Medical Association of Asia and Oceania (COMAA) president KK Aggarwal told TOI that the third and the sixth-day post symptoms begin is very crucial. “If the oxygen saturation drops at this stage, you need immediate hospitalization. If you ignore this, then chances of mortality will be high.” Agarwal said.
Who’s at greater risk?
As noted by the Kolkata hospitals and doctors, any patients infected by the novel virus are at risk and must be given immediate medical attention to determine the next steps.
However, extra attention must be given to people with underlying medical conditions like diabetes, immunocompromised, and heart ailments, and above the age of 60, according to the World Health Organization.
While most people are having a mild version of the disease and many start to feel better within a week, reports suggest none should be exempt from medical care.
Even if someone is having to stay at home, family and the patient must be vigilant and try to look out for emergency symptoms. CDC suggests one must get immediate hospitalization that moment he/she faces:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
It must be noted that these are not all the symptoms and the best way out is to get into a medical setting ASAP.
Coronavirus cases in Kolkata are on a sharp rise. On Thursday the West Bengal Government imposed a 24-hour lockdown, first of the biweekly measure taken by the Mamata Banerjee government to curb the spread of the virus. No flights will also be allowed in and out the state on the hard-lockdown dates.
So far, there are over 53k recorded COVID infections in West Bengal, with 1.34 million-plus national total, according to federal health ministry data.