Denver, Colorado 2020-11-19 16:47:32 –
With the surge in coronavirus hospitalizations throughout Colorado, medical facilities in the area are so full of patients that Mesa County does not have beds available in hospital intensive care units.
A Mesa County Public Health Service official said local hospitals are approaching capacity in terms of both overall bed numbers and staffing due to the widespread community outbreak of COVID-19. According to a news release, the county hospital ran out of ICU beds on Wednesday.
Brian Johnson, President of St. Mary’s Medical Center at Grand Junction, said: “There are surge plans available for hospital beds, increasing capacity and providing safe and quality care to the required number of patients, in a statement.
The announcement that Mesa County hospitals are full is almost one after Governor Jared Polis asked Colorado’s healthcare system to submit plans to increase capacity in case the hospital could be overwhelmed. It will be done in a week.
According to a news release, Mesa County has recorded more than 2,000 new cases of coronavirus in the last two weeks, and it is estimated that one in 130 people in the county is infected with COVID-19.
A record 1,428 people were admitted to COVID-19 on Wednesday across the state. Intensive care unit beds used throughout Colorado also set a new record, with 86% filled on Wednesday.
Hospital capacity is fluid and can vary daily based on supplies, the number of patients with or without COVID-19, and the staff available to treat them.
“Hospitals can have more patients than beds,” said Dr. Sandeep Vijan, chief medical officer at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, before the facility moves patients in such scenarios. Patients are accommodated in the emergency room.
Parkview has transferred 10 patients to UC Health’s system facilities in Colorado Springs and Denver. However, as Police announced at a press conference this week, Bijan said on Monday that the hospital did not exceed 100% capacity.
Parkview has approximately 220 medical and surgical beds and 42 intensive care beds. Almost 50% are filled with patients with COVID-19, Vijan said.
One of the biggest problems facing hospitals is staffing. The health system reports that more employees are infected with COVID-19 due to the spread of the disease throughout the state.
Richard Salgueiro, Executive Director of the VA Western Colorado Health Care System, recommended that retired or evacuated healthcare professionals intervene if possible.
“This is a call to weapons,” he said in a statement.
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