The second wave of the coronavirus epidemic in Spain , which already exceeds one million infections and 41,000 deaths, continues to increase the pressure on hospital care , so that 32.04% of the beds available for intensive care (ICU) are already occupied by COVID-19 patients .
According to the latest document sent by the Ministry of Health , which establishes common criteria for all the communities, at least 13 -Andalucía, Aragón, Asturias, Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Catalonia, the Valencian Community, Extremadura, the Community of Madrid, Navarra, the Basque Country and La Rioja-, in addition to Ceuta and Melilla, which exceed 25% of their available places, that is, they are at extreme risk .
This is clear from the data of the autonomies that the Ministry of Health gathers daily and that shows that in Spain there are, at the moment, 19,403 people hospitalized for COVID-19, occupying 15.54% of the available hospital beds , and that 3,120 of them require intensive care , that is to say, they are the ones that present a more serious clinical picture and need the places that have equipment -monitoring, respirators …- and specialized personnel for their treatment.
The occupancy rate is somewhat lower if the maximum capacity provided by the autonomous communities is attended to , according to data collected by RTVE.es, which indicates that coronavirus patients admitted to hospitals amount to 14,958 and represent 12.15% of the beds ; 3,029 of them require intensive care, which is why they occupy 28.46% of the maximum places provided.
The director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES), Fernando Simón, explained that the Health data takes into account the number of “structural” beds available in ICUs, which does not include “beds that are temporarily created during a period of high pressure “care. He has also reported that the average length of stay in the hospital has dropped somewhat and is around 20 days.
La Rioja presents the most extreme situation among the autonomous communities, with 36 seriously hospitalized patients, which occupies 60% of its available places in intensive care . In total, according to the data of the daily report of the Ministry of Health, in the community there are 182 patients admitted for coronavirus, which represents 21.16% of the available hospital beds.
Aragon raises the saturation of its ICUs to 48.73% , the second highest among the autonomous communities. Specifically, there are 846 hospitalized patients, representing 20.42% of the available beds, and 115 of them require intensive care.
Asturias , which came to ask the Government for home confinement to alleviate the situation in its hospitals, has seen the number of admitted grow and has positioned itself as the third most affected region in its ICUs and the one with the highest general hospital occupancy with patients COVID. 1,027 people remain in its medical facilities, 29.87% of its available beds, while 146 patients require ICU care, which means 48.5% .
Castilla y León counted 1,745 people hospitalized, of which 243 are in the ICU . This leaves the saturation of community hospitals at 24.3%, the second highest in Spain; and that of the ICUs in 43.01%.
Catalonia has seen the occupation of its hospitals with COVID patients intensify, to the point of being the fifth community with the ICUs most saturated by the coronavirus disease, with 42.33% representing the 607 patients requiring intensive care. In general, it has 15.48% of its beds occupied with COVID-19 patients, a total of 3,968 hospitalized people.
Navarra has risen in recent days and is placed as the seventh region with the intensive care services in the worst situation. There are 57 people admitted to ICUs, which is equivalent to talking about a saturation of 37.5% . On the other hand, it has 312 patients, 14.88% of the hospital occupation.