Dr. Nicholas Namias, chief of trauma and surgical critical care at Jackson Memorial Hospital, says diminishing bed capacity is creating problems at the Miami medical center. (July 15.)
NICHOLAS NAMIAS: The issue is really bed capacity. So we can rearrange what each doctor does. You may know that our hospital has asked the governor for additional help with nurses, to get us some nurses.
But it's bed capacity. It's the daily strategy meetings to figure out, which beds can we turn into COVID beds? Which beds can we create safe isolation for? Which beds can be turned into rooms that have negative pressure airflow, which is optimal, and short of negative pressure airflow, which rooms can be isolated from the other rooms and not be a source of contamination?
I think we're hitting that place right now in the curve where it is filling the hospitals. And we're on the cusp of either doing the right thing-- and we may have passed that cusp. For all I know, this has brewed beyond, and it can't be helped now. But we're getting to the point where it's going to be full, we have gridlock, and we won't be able to take patients, and they'll just be stacked in the ERs.