The major sectors that have been struck the hardest due to the impact of the pandemic Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak are the hospitals and the healthcare sector.
The hospitals are acting as a question source and so are being reliable for many. When such a pandemic has hit the globe, the surge of COVID-19 patients has demanded and urged the high authorities and hospital leaders to take preventive and necessary steps.
The hospitals have the most to do, to protect their own staff and doctors, to set as many beds as possible along with making the availability of ventilators, ICU rooms, and to look after the infected patients day and night.
However, hospital leaders are confident and well equipped to face the surge of Coronavirus patients and are ready to help overcome the number of increasing cases.
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How hospitals are handling the surge of COVID-19 patients.
The number of patients in hospitals has increased their hospital beds capacity up to a 50% increase and as per Dr David Shulkin, this is the second time such a surge has been witnessed, the very first being the 80% increase after the case of 9/11
The hospitals are also witnessing a shortage of workers and nurses as many are scared to continue to treat the infected and many are getting infected with the virus due to the lack of proper masks, suits, and gloves. The hospitals are preparing themselves by increasing the number of beds, getting access to ventilators, cooperating with other big, small, local, and government hospitals. The Leaders of Genesis and Trinity hospitals said they're prepared to dramatically increase their capacity of intensive care units (ICU) and ventilators, breathing machines that might be an essential lifeline for severe cases of the new coronavirus disease.
Even now that the likelihood of cases increasing is on an upward scale, the competitor hospitals are working together to beat this pandemic. All the other wards are being converted into the COVID-19 patient space, also the speciality hospitals are open to provide their help in the provision of beds and the paediatrician hospitals are also open to helping the mild cases
The need for hospital beds has increased with the number of COVID-19 cases have surged up. Even though the ICU beds are lakhs in number and ventilators in thousands and thousands, the cases are increasing in such a way that these provisions are nog being useful enough.
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Hospitals have completely stopped the elective procedures and surgical volumes are down by 60%.
Hospitals are doing the following in the current situation:
- The best way to contain the virus is by keeping the wards different for the COVID-19 patients and the non-COVID-19 patients
- The hospitals are also doing their best to add as many as needed ICU and medical/surgical beds
- Also, the hospitals are distributing the patients as per their level of severity and are providing the necessary equipment, optimizing resources, and providing staffing and facilities across the whole system.
The changes witnessed in the Hospitals due to the surge of COVID-19 Patients
Hospitals are going through a major change and emergency state. The hospital leaders are doing everything they can with the utmost potential and by taking aid from the high authorities and government, which in itself is a must). The analysis of it al draws attention to the key metrics of the hospitals by dividing its availability of beds, ICUs, ventilators, types of equipment, wards, etc that makes it suitable and as per the growth requires.
Researches are doing their best in finding the different mutations of the virus and doctors and leaders are doing their best to tackle the situation and contain the pandemic Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
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