COVID-19 surge impacting number of ICU beds available in Cameron County

COVID-19 surge impacting number of ICU beds available in Cameron County

back to covet related hospitalizations one brownsville hospital’s intensive care unit now at full capacity channel 5’s stephanie rosales spoke with local doctors to explain the impact of the surge they’re seeing she’s live in brownsville with more i’m standing outside a valley baptist medical center where doctors are having to find room for covet patients now that icu beds are at full capacity for the time being that room being the emergency room many valley hospitals have officially reached full capacity valley baptist medical center has had to create makeshift icu beds outside of their actual icus and we keep on increasing the number of beds that we require as there are holes in the emergency room and the patients who are in the emergency room are incubated that required to be in icu vets dr jamil madi a valley baptist harlingen says hospitals have seen the number of covet patients increased since late june and that emergency centers are filling up also the emergency rooms have been filled also with patients who are either covered or non-covered because the hospitals have gone up tremendously it’s hard to find beds for patients cameron county health authority dr james castillo says this is just as much a staffing problem and with everyone in the same boat it will continue to be an ongoing struggle unfortunately if it keeps getting worse and worse the hospitals are already at their 100 percent capacity and expanding and more is going to be very challenging because everybody’s experiencing this at the same time across the state he also says we’re competing with other states for traveling nurses along the gulf coast where coveted surges are high i spoke with exceptional health care in harlingen earlier today who told me they’ve also seen an increase in covert patients for the past few weeks health officials say that more than 90 percent of those in the icu beds are unvaccinated and from what they’ve witnessed those who are vaccinated are older or have underlying health issues but unfortunately it is hard to say i also spoke with a valley regional medical center in brownsville who told me they’ve been experiencing higher rates in their emergency centers and in their inpatient units but they are currently planning to create more bets if needed and possible in brownsville stephanie rosales channel 5 news at 6.
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COVID-19 surge impacting number of ICU beds available in Cameron County

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