Many ICU’s throughout the country have found themselves out of beds as the surge in cases continues to rise.
Arkansas has run out of beds for the first time since the virus began and Kentucky and Texas have broken records for hospitalizations.
As of Thursday 80% of the country’s ICU beds were in use.
30% of the beds were filled with COVID patients.
A filled to capacity ICU can create a lot of issues for not only COVID patients, but patients who just had surgery or were in major car accidents and just trying to be kept alive.
When the ICU gets maxed out, nurses that can normally give their attention to one patient now need to divide it to watch three or four.
This is causing staff that normally do not work in the ICU to be pulled there and do their best to keep patients alive.
Some hospitals are cancelling planned procedures to use the beds for COVID patients and have compared the ICU to a cramped house full of overnight guests that don’t quite fit.
This can cause people waiting for hours to get into the ER while others stay in beds in the ER until one opens in the ICU.
This is taking an emotional and physical toll on hospital staff who are overwhelmed with patients that aren’t responding to treatment, face organ failure, going on a ventilator, and face death.
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