Florida Changes Reporting of ICU Beds Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

first_imgWith the recent increase in coronavirus cases in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis is changing the way hospitals report the status of intensive care unit beds they have available.Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees does not want hospitals to report the number of patients in intensive care unit beds, but instead only those who are receiving an “intensive level of care.” That change could undercount the number of ICU coronavirus patients.Rivkees notes that some hospitals have COVID-19 wards within intensive care units and are therefore reporting all of their coronavirus patients as ICU patients, although they may not all need the same level of care.In addition, DeSantis says resuming elective surgeries has reduced the number of ICU beds available.last_img

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