Speak to any healthcare staff engaged on the entrance strains within the battle in opposition to COVID-19 and so they’ll seemingly let you know certainly one of their worst fears is operating out of bodily area to deal with these contaminated because the delta variant continues to rage throughout the U.S. Particularly, many are frightened the nation may run out of ICU beds if delta continues its unfold unchecked.
A scarcity of ICU beds means medical doctors could must be within the place of deciding which sufferers obtain in-hospital therapy and that are left to take care of the illness at residence. And if the newest information from the U.S. Division of Well being & Human Companies is something to go by, healthcare staff have a proper to fret. America is operating out of ICU beds.
The HHS has put out a wonderful map visualizing ICU mattress utilization by state (it’s the third map down on this page). The map shows that of the 5,629 hospitals within the U.S. reporting their beds, over 77% of ICU beds are already taken – that’s 65,642 ICU beds taken of an out there 84,935. Of the already-taken ICU beds, 24,084 are filled with COVID-19 sufferers.
The concern is that as delta spreads and cooler climate is across the nook, the variety of COVID-19 sufferers needing an ICU mattress may skyrocket. It could take lower than a mere doubling of at the moment’s COVID-19 sufferers in ICU beds to fill the remaining free ones hospitals that report back to the HHS nonetheless have. And if that occurs, not solely would COVID-19 sufferers needing ICU beds be out of luck, however so too may sufferers with different well being situations needing ICU beds.
In fact, ICU mattress availability varies by state, and the HHS’s map shows how every state is faring on the person stage. Sadly, a majority of U.S. states have greater than 70% of their ICU beds already taken up – and a few of these are way more than 70%. Missouri, for instance, has 88.5% of its ICU beds taken whereas Florida has a whopping 93% of all ICU beds already taken. Texas and Georgia even have over 92% of ICU beds occupied.