Staff shortages; longer stays to blame for ICU bed depletion
9/15/2021 | 5:10 p.m.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS - Hospital staff shortages and longer stays in the Intensive Care Unit are the main contributors to the depletion of ICU beds in Southern Illinois.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, zero ICU beds are currently available to be utilized in Region 5, which includes all of our local area.
This is the first time since the beginning of the pandemic that the number of ICU beds have hit rock bottom.
Some local patients have been transferred out of state due to the shortages. One local patient told us he was transferred to a hospital near Little Rock, Arkansas because no beds were available.
According to an IDPH Representative who spoke with WFCN News on Wednesday, ICU numbers are constantly fluctuating by the hour in Southern Illinois, but have been, on average, staying below ten over the past few weeks.
Longer hospital stays are also attributing to the issue, with most critical patients staying at least two weeks in the Intensive Care Unit.
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