State Health Dept Reports Only 13% Of Oklahoma’s ICU Beds Available

Wednesday, October 7th 2020, 10:12 pm

By: Chinh Doan

TULSA, Okla. –

After two record days of new COVID-19 hospitalizations, the latest state Health Department report shows only 13% of Oklahoma’s ICU beds are available.

Oklahoma is seeing a slight decline Wednesday, as the state report showed 697 people are currently in the hospital, compared to 738 Tuesday. The report also showed only 13% of ICU beds in the state are available.

Saint Francis said there were 77 COVID-19 patients Wednesday in all its hospitals across Tulsa, Muskogee and Vinita. Meanwhile, other hospitals especially in smaller towns, have needed to transfer patients elsewhere, some even out of state.

Dr. Sam Ratermann, medical director of INTEGRIS Grove Hospitalist Program, said staff try their best to transfer patients as needed to the nearest available hospital.

“If a patient needs a heart lung machine, that’s not something that we can provide in a

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Heart Vulnerable While Spouse Is in ICU

Having a spouse in the ICU was linked to modestly elevated risk of a cardiovascular event, a Japanese observational study showed.

Healthcare visits for cardiovascular diseases in the 4 weeks after the spouse’s ICU admission were a relative 27% more common compared with control couples (2.7% vs 2.1%, OR 1.27, 95% CI 1.08-1.50), Hiroyuki Ohbe, MD, MPH, of the University of Tokyo School of Public Health, and colleagues reported in Circulation.

Hospitalization rates for such events were also elevated, albeit uncommon: 0.3% among those with a spouse in the ICU versus 0.2% among controls (OR 2.29, 95% CI 1.30-4.05) and 0.2% versus 0.1% for stroke, acute coronary syndrome, arrhythmia, congestive heart failure, or pulmonary embolism (OR 2.72, 95% CI 1.28-5.78).

The researchers pointed to increased psychological stress and altered behavioral health risk factors as likely causes, along with “the stress of decision-making and substantial caregiving burden.”

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Spanish ICU Adds Beds for Winter After ‘Terrible Avalanche’ of Patients Earlier This Year | World News

BARAKALDO, Spain (Reuters) – At the Cruces hospital just outside the Spanish city of Bilbao, the sound of power drills and hammers rings out as a construction crew gets to work on a new intensive care ward in preparation for a potential winter surge in COVID-19 cases.

“Winter is going to be a high-risk time for us as more people will be staying at home in enclosed spaces, raising the risk of infection,” said Dr Alberto Martinez Ruiz, the hospital’s head of anaesthesiology and recovery.

During the epidemic’s first peak in March, when the virus spread unchecked through Spain’s population, the hospital struggled to accommodate an unprecedented surge in critically ill patients.

“Our experience of the COVID epidemic was of a terrible avalanche of patients in a short time,” Dr Ruiz recalled. “In March we were admitting up to seven or eight patients a day.”

Irregular spaces like gyms were

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