Another 6,888 cases and eight coronavirus-related deaths have been confirmed this evening by the Department of Health.
o date there have been 2,344 coronavirus-related deaths in Ireland, while 147,613 cases have been diagnosed here.
This comes as it emerged that hospitals have been preparing for worst-case scenarios ahead of an expected influx of Covid-19 admissions in the coming days. One busy Dublin hospital asked staff to prepare ‘ceiling of care’ forms for all patients.
The ‘ceiling of care’, which is agreed with patients and families, determines a threshold of medical intervention should a condition deteriorate. An email circulated by Beaumont Hospital in Dublin said it was critical that staff should complete such forms for all hospital patients before the weekend.
Another email circulated to staff at Beaumont identified oxygen as an issue of critical importance, such that “oxygen needs to be conserved” and patient prescription for oxygen should be regularly reviewed”.
The hospital has experienced the highest Covid-19 admissions in the country as the numbers have risen exponentially over the past week.
In a statement Beaumont Hospital said its procedures in relation to clinical care pathways and Covid-19 patient management adhere to relevant national policies and practices, and it is not just Beaumont preparing for the worst, but the entire health sector.