To provide treatment to a patient, how many PPEs are required? In total, how much do they cost?
In Thailand, large public hospitals such as Siriraj Hospital, Chulalongkorn Hospital and Ramathibodi Hospital require more than 200 PPEs per day to provide care to COVID-19 patients. This number has not considered hospitals around the nation. It is estimated that to treat 1,000 infected cases, medical personnel will need up to 1,700 PPEs per day.
A case study from a hospital in the Philippines reveals that in case a physician and a nurse conduct screening of a patient with upper respiratory tract infection or PUI patients, 2 sets of PPEs are required.
When COVID-19 patients receive treatment, physicians and nurses are required to check-up with patients for 3 times in 24 hours. As a result, at least 6 PPEs are needed for 1 infected case a day.
When extra examination, such as blood test and X-ray, is needed, each medical personnel who follow the procedures are required to use 12 PPEs a day for an infected case.
Since taking COVID-19 cases for treatment until discharge, it usually takes 14 days. Therefore, medical personnel require at least 168 PPEs.
According to the current price of PPEs in the market, one PPE costs 500 bahts, so treating 1 COVID-19 patient needs 84,000 baht for only the use of PPEs.
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