THE Mandaue City Government has purchased 300 pulse oximeters that health care workers will use on patients with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
The City’s Public Information Office stated on its Facebook page that pulse oximeters provide a quick read on the oxygen saturation in Covid-19 patients’ blood and heart rate.
The device is useful in assessing patients with lung infections.
One of the symptoms of Covid-19 is shortness of breath. Low oxygen saturation in the blood cannot be determined through self-assessment, thus, the need for a pulse oximeter.
The pulse oximeters will be used on patients confined in the Mandaue City Central Isolation Center and Barangay Isolation Units.
As the Covid-19 cases in Mandaue City continue to rise, the City is using multi-pronged strategies to treat the disease.
In another development, the City Council approved a resolution urging the City Health Office, the Department of Health (DOH) 7 and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to come up with a program to convince more blood plasma donors since the government cannot force Covid-19 patients who have recovered to donate their blood plasma.
The resolution was authored by City Councilor Nerissa Soon-Ruiz.
The convalescent plasma transfusion was reported on several occasions to successfully help Covid-19 patients with severe symptoms to recover from the disease.
To sustain the practice of convalescent plasma transfusion, the government needs more donors of different blood types.
In Mandaue City, Ruiz said recovered Covid-19 patients have to sign a waiver if they wish to donate blood plasma after four weeks from the recovery date.
However, the donated blood plasma must be screened to check if it has enough antibodies to fight the virus.
Ruiz said they prefer donors who have recovered from moderate to severe symptoms.
In addition, Ruiz discouraged the public from selling their blood plasma.
She said that if the plasma bank of the DOH 7 will have enough supply of blood plasma then there will be no need for the public to buy plasma at an expensive price.
The City Council also approved Ruiz’s other resolution encouraging Mandauehanons to donate blood to the DOH 7 and the PRC.
Ruiz said the DOH 7 and PRC have scheduled donation drives in the barangays throughout July, which is National Blood Donors Month. Both agencies will also accept plasma donors from recovered Covid-19 patients. (KFD)