China should boost number of ICU beds, state agencies say, Health News, ET HealthWorld

By Andrew SilverShanghai: China should increase the number of intensive care unit (ICU) beds over the next few years as part of its public health measures, several state agencies recommended in a joint statement published on Monday.The world’s second most populous country has gradually increased ICU beds over the years, but critics say its health system remains under-resourced and it was severely stretched after authorities abruptly ended national COVID pandemic restrictions in late 2022. China had only 4.37 ICU beds per 100,000 people in 2021, compared with 34.2 in the United States as of 2015, according to a paper by Shanghai’s Fudan School of Public Health. ICU beds nationwide should reach 15 per 100,000 people by the end of 2025 and 18 per 100,000 by the end of 2027, the National Health Commission and other state agencies said in a proposal. The proposal also recommended the number of hospital beds convertible to ICU should reach 10 per 100,000 people by 2025 and 12 by 2027. (Reporting by Andrew Silver; Editing by Miyoung Kim)

Published On May 7, 2024 at 03:50 PM IST

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