Hospital officials said Kansas City hospitals were reaching capacity due to the Covid-19 strain.
Chief health officials from seven hospital systems told reporters during a Zoom press conference that city hospitals could be overloaded for several weeks.
“If widespread transmission in the community continues to increase, we will be overwhelmed,” said Dr. Steven Stites, medical director at the University of Kansas Health System. “It was the inevitable conclusion we faced.”;
“Covid is the leading admission diagnosis” at the University of Kansas, says Dr. Stites.
Doctors, who had previously informed local officials of the matter, said that hospital admissions in the area were at their highest level since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. They say that the problem is less about the number of beds available but about the staff supporting the patients who can occupy those beds.
“Basically, there is a staff shortage and that staff shortage is not going to go away anytime soon,” said Dr. Stites.
“When we’re trying to find a corporate nurse or a travel nurse and the like, we are trying to borrow from the same group,” he said.
On Tuesday, hospitals in the Kansas City area have 153 special care unit beds, but only 76 beds can be provided and 32 ICU beds of which only 22 beds can be provided, according to David Wild, Vice President of Performance Improvement at the University of Kansas Health Systems. This makes a significant difference from the statistics that appear on the US Department of Health and Human Services’ available bed database, he said.
Doctors, while insisting that they are not yet at this point, say unfortunate way to handle maximum capacity is to ask patients to stop elective surgery to help resolve capacity issues. hospital. They say this is a bad choice because patients who fail to address health problems during the Covid crisis may worsen their results.