DOST distributes Filipino-made biomedical device for COVID-19 patients

Marje Pelayo   •   April 6, 2020   •   890

MANILA, Philippines — A Filipino-made device seen to help health workers in monitoring vital signs of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients is on its way to various health facilities in the country.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has initially delivered 106 units of biomedical device called ‘RxBox’ to the Philippine General Hospital and around 1,000 units will be delivered to other health facilities in the coming days.

The device is capable of measuring a patient’s temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, uterine contractions and electrocardiogram (ECG) reading.

“Iyan ay ikakabit sa mga pasyente ng COVID-19 at imo-monitor ang kanilang vital signs via computer na nurses’ station,” explained Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña.

The RxBox was developed by researchers from the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila and Diliman campuses with the support of the DOST. MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Ospital ng Imus declares full bed capacity

Marje Pelayo   •   August 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Ospital ng Imus (ONI) has declared full bed capacity of its emergency room and ward for suspect, probable and confirmed cases of COVID-19.

In the event a patient in such cases is brought to their hospital, the management said they can only check the patient inside his or her vehicle or outside the ER.

The Ospital ng Imus is a three-storey level 1 hospital with 130-bed capacity.

It is the first public hospital in the 1st District of Imus City in Cavite.

Capitol Medical Center in QC announces full bed capacity

Marje Pelayo   •   August 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City announced that it has reached full bed capacity for COVID-19 patients.

In an advisory released Tuesday (August 10), the facility said its emergency room , ICU and wards intended for COVID-19 patients are already full, thus it encourages patients to coordinate with the One Hospital Command Center for alternative health facilities.

The Capitol Med, however, will remain open for non-COVID patients.

PGH resumes accepting COVID-19 patients

Marje Pelayo   •   May 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) resumed accepting COVID-19 patients today following Sunday’s fire that hit some sections of the hospital.

However, the hospital’s surgical services remain suspended as the fire hugely affected the critical operating rooms for delicate and advanced surgical procedures such as neurosurgery and heart transplantation.

Specifically, five sterilization units of the said ward have been affected. It is also where the hospital’s support system, such as surgical supplies, are stored.

PGH director Dr. Gerardo Legaspi said they are doing their best so that the facility can resume its normal operations as soon as possible.

“Ang malaking naapektuhan sa amin iyong aming kakayahang magbigay ng serbisyo sa pag-opera pero handa naman kaming mag-umpisa sa lalong madaling panahon para maituloy ito, maaaring hindi kasing-dami noong dati but slowly maghahanap po kami ng paraan,” he said.

Legaspi said they are now coordinating with other hospitals to augment critical surgery operations especially for patients with immediate surgical needs.

Dr. Legaspi noted that it would take at least three to four months before the fire-hit facility can return to normal operations.

“Pero hindi po namin hihintayin yun para makapag-opera ulit. Mayroon na pong mga collaborations na ginagawa with other hospitals and of course with the PGH system adjustments para maumpisahan na ang pag-opera on a regular basis,” he assured.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has no final result yet on its investigation into the incident though claims said the fire started from a defective electrical cable.

The PGH has asked donations for the repair and restoration of the damaged facility as Dr. Legaspi estimated the damaged facility to reach P50 million. MNP (with reports from Marvin Calas)

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