and what that means for your family and loved ones
Despite many barriers to insurance and getting healthcare, most of the time, we expect there to be a spot for us or our loved ones at a hospital if we need it. For everything from sickness, broken bones, car accidents or necessary surgeries, we have a basic assumption that when it is our family, there will be a spot to take them. But if the hospital is full, there is nowhere for these people to be treated.
In some parts of the United States, that is already happening.
In other places it will happen soon.
A quick glance at the headlines confirms the grim reality that health care workers are trying to get through the heads of the portion of the population that are still not taking this pandemic seriously.
Mississippi, Wisconsin, Oklahoma Among 6 States Running Out of ICU Beds As COVID Hospitalizations…
As the U.S. continues to diagnose new cases of the novel coronavirus at record-high rates, multiple states are…
Pennsylvania could run out of ICU beds by next week as COVID patients overwhelm hospitals
Pennsylvania health officials warned Monday that the commonwealth could run out of intensive care unit beds by next…
North Texas hospitals running out of ICU beds as COVID-19 cases surge to 'dire' levels
COVID-19 patients now occupy 13.66% of hospital capacity in North Texas, with a total of 2,238 patients Tuesday. A…
You might ask- why can’t we just build field hospitals?
The talk of ICU beds makes people think that this is about literal, physical beds.
ICU beds come with a certain level of equipment and monitoring systems that are essential to caring for patients who need that level of care. But that isn’t all that makes ICU beds more than just places for patients.
In theory, you could set up field hospitals for patients, and equip them to at least the standard of the minimum needs of an ICU, but you would still have a problem.