VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — As B.C. continues to bend the curve, Well being Minister Adrian Dix says steps have been taken to verify each hospital has sufficient tools to satisfy the wants of all COVID-19 sufferers.
Throughout Tuesday’s provincial well being replace, Dix mentioned greater than four,500 hospital beds at the moment are vacant, and as many as 1,500 ventilators can be found –if wanted.
“Proper now, our objective is to make sure, by being 100 per cent dedicated to the measures which have been adopted by Dr. Henry, that our present inventory of ventilators might be enough.”
Dix says he stays assured in B.C.’s present inventory of ventilators and says it’s sufficient.
“We’ve taken steps to assign these ventilators all through the well being care system, and that’s what’s happening now. With our work with the federal authorities, we’d naturally count on a share of further ventilators that have been bought.”
He says, due to the cancellation of hundreds of elective surgical procedures, hundreds of hospital beds have been freed up.
In the course of the convention, he additionally mentioned he’s heartened by the variety of well being staff who’ve determined to rejoin and combat towards the coronavirus.
Dix experiences there at the moment are 56 physicians, 880 registered nurses, nurse practitioners, registered psychiatric nurses, LPN and registered care aides rejoining the career, “all of whom are taking part to assist us do what we have to do.”