Patient intubated outdoor as Taipei hospital reaches full capacity

TAIPEI (The China Post) — As the COVID-19 pandemic situation continues to worsen in Taiwan, a doctor at Cheng Hsin General Hospital (振興醫院) revealed on Monday that a patient was intubated outdoor as all beds in the emergency room were already in use.

Doctor Valis Tanapima (田知學) announced on her Facebook page that an elderly man struggling to breathe was ultimately led outside to be intubated as negative pressure isolation rooms and emergency room hospital beds reached full capacity.

Tanapima remarked that it was like a scene from a nightmare and added that upon her return into the hospital, more patients could be seen heading in to be tested for the virus.

She shared that colleagues kept coming up and asking where she wants a certain patient to be placed and confessed that she didn’t know how to respond at that moment as the area was full.

Taipei and New Taipei City recently raised their epidemic warning to level 3, and with local cases being reported in the hundreds, medical services have become overwhelmed by the sudden surge in cases.

Against this backdrop, Tanapima called on Taiwanese people to unite and follow Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行情指揮中心) regulations to avoid worsening the situation.

The CECC reported 333 new local infections that day, making it the highest daily spike in Taiwan since the beginning of the pandemic.