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Parkland Hospital is ‘completely full’ due to COVID-19 cases


The #Dallas #County public hospital is at a critical point, with more COVID-19 patients than at any other time in the pandemic and more intensive care patients it has seen in its history, health officials warned #Tuesday.

“#We are completely full now,” said #Dr. #Joseph #Chang, medical director of #Parkland #Health and #Hospitals #System. “#We have more than full.”

#Parkland #Memorial #Hospital, like other #Dallas-area hospitals, is receiving an unprecedented number of #Covid-19 patients and its bed capacity is rapidly shrinking, pushing exhausted doctors, nurses and other hospital staff to the limit.

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#Eventually, this escalation of infections could lead to staff shortages and affect the quality of care patients receive.

#As of #Tuesday, there were only 31 adult intensive care beds in #Dallas and #Tarrant counties, according to data from the #Dallas-Fort #Worth #Hospital #Council provided to the media.

#That’s just a fraction of the more than 300 beds that were available in #Dallas alone in the spring at the start of the pandemic.

#And for the second day in a row, #Texas set a record for COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals across the state, totaling 11,775 on #Tuesday.

#Hospital statistics such as the number of covid patients, available beds and visits to emergency rooms for coronavirus have become essential to measure the magnitude of the pandemic.

#Although the data reporting is not perfect, it is considered more reliable, timely, and insightful by public health officials and politicians than clinical trial statistics.

“#We are already far above summer levels,” #Chang said.

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#Since the peak reached in the summer, #Texas hospitals have changed the way they count COVID-19 cases, registering only patients who are struggling with symptoms of the disease caused by the coronavirus.

“#What these numbers mean to the community is that they should be concerned,” continued #Chang.

#Parkland had 161 ongoing covid patients and 60 more in recovery but needed hospital care to treat lung or heart damage, #Chang explained.

#It also had 91 patients in intensive care, counting patients treated for other diseases. #Before the start of the pandemic, the hospital had 89 intensive care beds.

#It now has 113, a number that includes pediatric patients, burns or trauma.

A year ago, the hospital generally occupied 70 to 80 intensive care beds at one time, #Chang said.

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#Although the supply of hospital beds is at a critical point, each hospital has its own plans to increase capacity, said #Steve #Love, president and CEO of the #Dallas-Fort #Worth #Hospital #Council.

#For example, setting up special units or putting beds in other areas such as conference rooms and cafeterias.

The most common, #Love said, is to double the number of beds in the wards.

“#We also have the final measure of using buildings like hotels or old hospitals that have closed to house non-serious patients,” he said in a statement.

#Parkland has tapped into available resources such as itinerant nurses and state-provided physicians.

#About 1,500 medical workers have been dispatched to #North #Texas to support hospitals, said #Lara M. #Anton, a spokeswoman for the #Department of #State #Health #Services.

#With information from #Robert T. #Garrett, chief #Austin correspondent



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