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The dangers of overcrowding: Helping ICUs preserve essential bed space

  • 1.  The dangers of overcrowding: Helping ICUs preserve essential bed space

    Posted 18 days ago
    As the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic continues, supply shortages are something we are all facing, none with a more critical impact than those involving hospitals and healthcare workers. We've heard of the shortages of personal protective equipment or PPE, like face masks and gloves, and the lack of an adequate number of ventilators for the most seriously ill patients. But as the number of cities and communities impacted by the virus continues to grow, what do hospitals do when there are more patients in their ICUs than beds to hold them along with the accompanying monitoring and life-saving equipment? To discuss a very serious reality facing many hospitals across the country, I am joined by Frances Sneddon, chief technology officer with SIMUL8 Corporation.

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    Ashley Kilgore
    Manager, Communications
    INFORMS
    Catonsville MD
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