Costa Rica overcrowded hospitals, staff with fatigue, inability to transfer patients to centers with greater capacity, lack of medical equipment and congested emergency services.
Directors of all the medical centers of the CCSS signed a letter in which they warn about saturation and ask to take measures to reduce infections and hospitalizations.
This is the critical situation faced by the hospitals of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) due to the increase in COVID-19 infections in recent weeks.
The conditions were exposed by 40 directors of medical centers in a 13-page note addressed to the Caja’s executive president, Román Macaya, and the general manager, Roberto Cervantes, on September 6.
The fatigue of health professionals is so high that, according to the document, medical centers struggle with frequent disabilities and hiring more staff is not a viable option, since the labor market is exhausted, and the available people do not meet all the requirements.
The anguish of hospital heads is supported by statistics.
During the first week of September, an average of 156 patients per day was admitted to hospital for covid-19, of which 35 patients per day entered intensive care units.
In other words, the hospital system had to juggle to receive 6.5 COVID-19 patients per hour in that week.