Hospital bed availability dwindling, health systems are balancing care and capacity

Cary Ward of CHI Health says once an ICU bed is opened in the CHI, a patient fills it immediately so no rollaway beds are available based on time, “said Ward. Ward is the chief medical officer for CHI Health. He says that Patients are waiting in the emergency room for a higher level of care. “We are all very concerned because we have patients sitting in our emergency rooms waiting to be admitted to the floors and much of our capacity is overloaded,” said Ward. Ward says there are around 214 COVID-19 patients in all CHI hospitals, but on the spot, Ward says one thing stands out: “When we looked at all of our intubated patients in the intensive care unit, 100 percent of them were unvaccinated,” Ward said. Intensive care pressure has affected all six subway districts. In the last Metro Hospital Coalition report, there were only 10 occupied ICU beds available, which means that the intensive care units are 97 percent full and the capacities of the hospital staff are tied. “The hospitals are extremely full. We have patients placed in our waiting areas in the emergency room and elsewhere, ”said Dr. Rupp. We don’t have a lot of surge capacity. We are unable to admit additional patients, be it due to the Delta variant or the Omicron variant, or the Influenza Ward reminds people to get vaccinated. “It is profound that if we had all vaccinated, we would potentially have no patients in our intensive care units right now,” said Ward. Ward asks those who oppose the vaccine to reconsider their reasons and says it is okay to switch sides.

CHI Health’s Cary Ward says that once an ICU bed is opened at the CHI, a patient immediately fills it, so there are no extra beds available.

“There are patients who have waited three days to get beds in the intensive care unit.

Ward is the chief medical officer for CHI health. He says patients are waiting in the emergency room for a higher level of care.

“We are all very concerned that our emergency rooms have patients waiting to be admitted to the floors and much of our capacity is overloaded,” said Ward.

Ward says there are around 214 COVID-19 patients in all CHI hospitals, but locally, Ward says one is noticed.

“When we looked at all of our intubated patients in the intensive care unit, 100 percent of them were unvaccinated,” said Ward.

The pressure in the intensive care unit has impacted all six districts of the subway. In the last report by the Metro Hospital Coalition, only 10 occupied intensive care beds were available.

This means that the intensive care units are 97 percent full and the capacities of the hospital staff are tied.

“The hospitals are extremely full. We have patients placed in our waiting areas in the emergency room and elsewhere, ”said Dr. Rupp. We don’t have a lot of overvoltage capacity. We are unable to admit additional patients, be it due to the Delta or Omicron variant or the influenza. “

Ward says no matter which emergency room patients come to, they will most likely have to wait longer, and Ward is reminding people to get vaccinated.

“It is profound that if we had all vaccinated, we would potentially have no patients in our intensive care units right now,” said Ward.

Ward asks those who oppose the vaccine to reconsider their reasons and says it is okay to switch sides.

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