DOH eyes standard metric for hospital occupancy rate under alert levels

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17) — A standard metric may be issued for hospital utilization rate, including emergency room admissions, to determine COVID-19 alert levels, a Health official said on Friday.

These information would correspond to concerns raised by the medical group Healthcare Professionals Alliance Against COVID-19 of insufficient data on hospital admissions, a criteria in deciding on an alert level for an area.

"Hindi naman sa hindi nakukuha ang datos sa emergency room. Meron kaming daily census for emergency room admissions. Kasama 'yun sa ina-analyze ng DOH. Kasama 'yan sa pinag- aaralan namin paano gagawa ng metrics sa pilot implementation," Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a media briefing.

[Translation: It's not that we don't get data from emergency rooms. We have a daily census for emergency room admissions, that's included in the data we analyze. We are studying that for the metrics.]

She said specific metrics for case and hospital utilization rates will be issued after reviewing results from the pilot implementation in Metro Manila by the end of September. If successful, the protocol will be adopted to other regions.