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Idaho has warned some of its residents that they may not receive the level of care or treatment they expect due to a “severe” shortage of hospital staff and resources caused by the latest wave of patients Covid-19.
The Department of Health and Welfare said on Tuesday that parts of the state’s north entered a “crisis in standards of care” on September 6, following a meeting between senior officials of the state. public health earlier today to review the steps that have been taken to speak to staff. and the shortage of hospital beds.
When enabled, the Crisis Care Standards Guidelines are designed to help healthcare providers make decisions about how to prioritize and ration ‘the best possible care’ during a crisis. disaster or public health emergency. The guidelines can be put in place when there are “not enough health resources to provide the usual standard of care to those who need it”, with the ultimate goal of saving as many lives as possible, said Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
“Crisis care standards are a last resort. This means that we have exhausted our resources to the point that our health systems are unable to provide the treatment and care that we expect, ”said Dave Jeppesen, director of DHW, in a statement.
When the guidelines are in effect, unplanned care could include finding that hospital beds or equipment are not available or that an available bed could be in a remodeled room.
The guidelines will remain in place until there are sufficient resources to provide the usual standard of care for all patients, the DHW said.
Idaho had a record 553 patients in state hospitals treated for Covid-19 on September 6, according to an FT analysis of data from the US Department of Health and Human Services.
About 66% of the state’s 3,443 inpatient beds are currently in use, and about 16% are used by patients treated for Covid-19, according to HHS data. This compares to the national average of 75% of beds used and 14% of beds used by Covid-19 patients.
However, 89% of intensive care unit beds in Idaho are in use, 10 percentage points higher than the national average, and around 56% of intensive care beds are occupied by Covid-19 patients, up from 32 % for the United States. globally.