What Happens When a Hospital Runs Out of ICU Beds?

When ICU capacity is exceeded, the quality of care drops — not only for COVID-19 patients, but also for people being treated for heart attacks, strokes, and injuries from accidents.

There are four S’s to consider in a surge situation:

  • staff
  • space
  • supplies
  • other stuff

So, what happens when hospitals reach and exceed capacity?

If there’s room, patients are transferred to other hospitals or makeshift wards. If there’s not, staff shortages increase, care is rationed, and space runs out. Read the full article here.

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