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Kedah officials says no-hope patients will be removed from ICU beds

With 6,000 plus Covid-19 cases in Malaysia for 3 consecutive days, the medical facilities throughout Malaysia is soon reaching its limit too. Meanwhile, Kedah is one of the most impacted states, whereby doctors will have to choose which patients get admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) due to a shortage of beds.

Chronic patients who are considered to have no hope of recovery will no longer be placed in the ICU to make way for other critical patients and this includes Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 patients.

Kedah Health and Local Government Committee chairman, Datuk Dr Mohd Hayati Othman said that there are enough beds in the ICU currently, however, the authorities was worried that other critical patients could not be admitted to the ICU which is currently occupied by Covid-19 patients, reported NST.

Source: Malay News

“I feel guilty but I feel this has to be said. Some doctors have no choice but to choose which patient needs to be admitted to the ICU. If the patient’s medical condition is too chronic and has no hope of recovery, we will not admit him or her to the ICU.” Dr Mohd Hayati said.

“This includes non Covid-19 cases. The doctors will have a thorough and hard assessment for some cases. However, we will try our best to treat all of them until they have recovered and are in stable condition,” he added.

Source: The Star

He said that this is the preparation that hospitals should make as they prepare to face the surge of Covid-19 cases.

Meanwhile, Kedah records its highest ever number of cases with 455 two days ago (19 May) and they are reporting a 92% occupancy of ICU wards.

As an advice to the public, he urge the public to comply with the SOP to curb the Covid-19 transmission and to stay at home if there were no urgent matters.

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