Twin Cities hospitals running short on ICU beds due to increase in COVID-19 patients and other medical issues

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Hospitals are diverting patients, even sending young adults to Children's Minnesota, amid ICU bed pressures and COVID-19.

The Minnesota Department of Health on Friday reported a record 233 patients with COVID-19 in ICU beds, but doctors and nurses said patients with other illnesses resulted in more than 95% of those beds in the Twin Cities to be filled. Patients with unrelated medical problems needed intensive care, along with patients recovering from surgeries — including elective procedures that resumed May 11 after they had been suspended due to the pandemic.

At different times, Hennepin County Medical Center and North Memorial Health Hospital were diverting patients to other hospitals. Almost all heart-lung bypass machines were in use for severe COVID-19 patients and others at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. As planned, Children’s Minnesota took on some young adult patients to take pressure off the general hospitals.

A single-day record of 33 COVID-19 deaths was reported Friday in Minnesota — with 25 in long-term care and one in a behavioral health group home — raising the death toll to 842. Infections confirmed by diagnostic testing increased by 813 on Friday to 19,005 overall, and Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, called out Minneapolis for having one of the nation’s highest rates of diagnostic tests being positive for COVID-19. The University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy estimates that only 5% of Minnesotans have been infected so far and that this rate will increase substantially.

An increase in surgeries might have contributed to the ICU burden, but Koranne said many didn’t fit the definition of elective. Some patients delayed the removal of tumors due to the pandemic but can no longer afford to do so. “They are patients who have been waiting for critical time-sensitive procedures that their physician is worried might be getting worse,” Koranne said. “To call those type of procedures elective could not be further from the truth.”

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Why are you lying about this Cruze??? The pandemic is over!! Hospitals are empty!!!
 

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If there actually is a shortage of beds, I may lease mine.
 

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1. The number of COVID patients being admitted to the ICU has been rising by about 3.5 patients per day since April 1st. This is actually a dream scenario. It is the definition of flattening the curve and not having your ICUs overrun, and is the reason why we stayed home. The issues with the ICUs being overtaxed today are much more because of the 812 "other" patients than they are the 215 COVID patients.

2. As of today, 1045 ICU beds were in use, which is apparently is about the breaking point for staffing. The the reason we stayed home in part, was so that 2000 ICU beds could be readied in case they were needed. Just curious who was going to staff 2000 beds if they barely have enough staff for 1050?
 

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Good of Broke to acknowledge just how shitty of a job the current MN gov has been doing with the pandemic. It takes a big man to admit he's been a fool for such a long time. Kudos my man!
 

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1045/1257 does not equal 95%, but hey Strib - close enough.
 
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