A hospital in Springfield, Missouri, ran out of patient ventilators on the weekend of July 4, as the area in the middle of the COVID-19 hotspot is addressing an increasing number of cases.
On Monday, Mercy Springfield Hospital officials said more ventilators arrived, a second COVID-19 ICU unit was opened, and more breathing to help “tired” people currently working. Reported that a therapist was needed.
According to public health officials, such a situation can be avoided if people are vaccinated.
Chief Administrative Officer Eric Frederick said on Sunday that the hospital saidI spent the night looking for a respirator because I was short.. “
He writes that the hospital had 47 patients on ventilators. “Many of them are COVIDs, but not all.”
Frederick tweeted on Monday The hospital “currently performs nearly 50 vents... We have expanded to the second COVIDICU and are doing the second step down. Doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists are tired. Everyone was tired. Travel RN is coming this week. Doctor support is arranged. For RT, please call us. “
The lack of ventilators was a nightmare scenario feared by hospital managers across the country at the start of the pandemic. COVID is a respiratory illness that, in the worst case, can cause extreme dyspnea.
Ventilator, Also known as a life support system, If the patient is unable to breathe on their own, pump air into the patient’s airways. They are used in the most ill COVID patients, but inpatients with less severe symptoms are currently being treated with medication.
No ventilator deficiency has been reported at Kansas City hospitals during the pandemic.
As of Monday, Missouri reported 643 confirmed cases of COVID-19 daily, with 859 COVID patients hospitalized, 124 of whom are on mechanical ventilation. Missouri COVID-19 dashboard.
According to the dashboard, Greene County, where Springfield is located in southwestern Missouri, has had 692 confirmed cases and 5 COVID deaths in the last 7 days.
People with COVID are rarely vaccinated, and public health and hospital officials are still looking for ways to convince all qualified Americans to be vaccinated. Is called.
Missouri remains in the lower half of all states by immunizing its inhabitants. According to the compiled data According to the New York Times.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 47.4% of Americans are fully vaccinated..
According to state data, only 39.3% of Missouri have completed vaccination.
State authorities Call for help from the federal “surge response team” To support communities suffering from low immunization rates as delta variants become more widespread. Vaccination campaigns were particularly tough in rural areas of the state.
At this point, due to the effectiveness of the widely available COVID vaccine, new cases are preventable, health officials and hospital managers have said for weeks.
“Obviously, because of people’s variability and response to the vaccine, some people will be hospitalized and die with problems even if they are vaccinated,” said director Dr. Anthony Fauci. Members of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said in “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
“But the overwhelming majority of people in trouble are unvaccinated. That’s why. Why we say this is really completely avoidable and preventable.. “