Coronavirus - Hospital Preparations

Hospital preparations

Andalucia government has last Friday (20-03-2020)  approved two plans on how to be prepared deal with peaks of 9,000 and 15,000 cases of coronavirus in Andalucia. Steps are now being taken to identify and ‘medicalize' closed hotels.

In the 9,000 plan, 2,026 patients would be in hospital with 610 in intensive care. In the 15,000 scenario it would be 2,970 and 892 respectively.

The public and private hospitals in Andalucia have respirators in 851 resuscitation rooms and 696 operating theatres which could be used by coronavirus patients assuming all operation were stopped. Hospital beds in Andalucia number 20,672.

Additional 3.250 beds from ‘resedencias tiempo libre' (Government run holiday hostels) and Inturjoven (Youth Hostels) could be made available, supported by just 1.175 from closed hotels. These would be for both existing patients and Coronavirus patients to convalesce before being discharged. ( Source

Update 04-04-2020
Junta de Andalucia - Salud published as a one off footnote to its daily updates that 2.020 patients were in Hospital in Andalucia. On this day there were 7.869 cases indicating that the 9.000 plan above, was reached with 7.869 cases. 

Update 10-04-2020   
Junta de Andalucia - Salud published in its daily updates that 1.753 patients were in Hospital in Andalucia and 389 in intensive care. On this day there were 9.510 cases indicating that the 9.000 plan above had spare capacity for intensive care beds. Hospital patients and Intensive care beds were reported daily from then on and dropped every day.