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Resource allocation in the event that ITU/mechanical invasive ventilation demand outstrips supply

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Mr David Johnson

Dear Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust,

I make this request in the context of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Firstly, please provide a spreadsheet which discloses the following data, in respect of each date from and including 1 February 2020 to and including 30 April 2020:

1. The total capacity of ITU beds (including any surge capacity created as part of the pandemic response) which are available within your NHS Trust;

2. Of that total capacity of ITU beds (including any surge capacity created as part of the pandemic response), the number of ITU beds which were, for any period of time on the given date, occupied by a patient (whether because of Covid-19 or for another clinical reasoning);

3. Of that number of ITU beds which were, for any period of time on the given date, occupied by a patient; the percentage rate of the total occupation number where the need for the ITU bed arose from the patient suffering Covid-19;

4. The total capacity of mechanical invasive ventilators (including any surge capacity created as part of the pandemic response) which are available within your NHS Trust;

5. Of that total capacity of mechanical invasive ventilators (including any surge capacity created as part of the pandemic response), the number of mechanical invasive ventilators which were, for any period of time on the given date, occupied by a patient (whether because of Covid-19 or for another clinical reasoning);

6. Of that number of mechanical invasive ventilators which were, for any period of time on the given date, occupied by a patient; the percentage rate of the total occupation number where the need for the mechanical invasive ventilator arose from the patient suffering Covid-19;

In addition to providing the above data sets, please also confirm whether, at any time since the Covid-19 pandemic began in December 2019, the Trust has created and/or adopted an official policy concerning the criteria to be applied in circumstances where the demand for ITU beds and/or mechanical invasive ventilators outstrips supply; i.e. because the number of patients in need of such resources is higher than the number of resources available.

If such a policy has been created and/or adopted, please confirm the date(s) during which the policy is or has been in effect, and please provide a complete copy of the policy, as well as any supporting documents or information which are referred to within the policy and/or which are reasonably required to understand and execute the policy and its implications.

Yours faithfully,

Mr David Johnson

FOI (R0A) Manchester University NHS FT, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust,

 

 

I make this request in the context of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

 

 

Firstly, please provide a spreadsheet which discloses the following data,
in respect of each date from and including 1 February 2020 to and
including 30 April 2020:

 

 

1. The total capacity of ITU beds (including any surge capacity created as
part of the pandemic response) which are available within your NHS Trust;

 

 

2. Of that total capacity of ITU beds (including any surge capacity
created as part of the pandemic response), the number of ITU beds which
were, for any period of time on the given date, occupied by a patient
(whether because of Covid-19 or for another clinical reasoning);

 

 

3. Of that number of ITU beds which were, for any period of time on the
given date, occupied by a patient; the percentage rate of the total
occupation number where the need for the ITU bed arose from the patient
suffering Covid-19;

 

 

4. The total capacity of mechanical invasive ventilators (including any
surge capacity created as part of the pandemic response) which are
available within your NHS Trust;

 

 

5. Of that total capacity of mechanical invasive ventilators (including
any surge capacity created as part of the pandemic response), the number
of mechanical invasive ventilators which were, for any period of time on
the given date, occupied by a patient (whether because of Covid-19 or for
another clinical reasoning);

 

 

6. Of that number of mechanical invasive ventilators which were, for any
period of time on the given date, occupied by a patient; the percentage
rate of the total occupation number where the need for the mechanical
invasive ventilator arose from the patient suffering Covid-19;

 

 

In addition to providing the above data sets, please also confirm whether,
at any time since the Covid-19 pandemic began in December 2019, the Trust
has created and/or adopted an official policy concerning the criteria to
be applied in circumstances where the demand for ITU beds and/or
mechanical invasive ventilators outstrips supply; i.e. because the number
of patients in need of such resources is higher than the number of
resources available.

 

 

If such a policy has been created and/or adopted, please confirm the
date(s) during which the policy is or has been in effect, and please
provide a complete copy of the policy, as well as any supporting documents
or information which are referred to within the policy and/or which are
reasonably required to understand and execute the policy and its
implications.

 

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

Mr David Johnson

 

 

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FOI (R0A) Manchester University NHS FT, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Johnson,  

 

Please find attached the response to your recent FOI request.

 

We apologise for the delay in our response and any inconvenience this may
have caused.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

FOI Team

Informatics

  

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

3^rd Floor, Cobbett House

Oxford Road

Manchester

M13 9WL

 

T: 0161 701 0375

E: [1][MFT request email]

 

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