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ICU beds at 92% capacity in Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The most recent data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) shows that 92% of ICU hospital beds in the state are full.

According to El Paso County Public Health regional hospital data, the highest number of patients for a condition related to COVID that in the hospital this October was 182, compared to 292 patients being hospitalized for COVID-related conditions on December 1, 2020.

13 Investigates found data on the CDPHE website that appears to show a decline in the total ICU beds in the state since last fall. We've asked the state health leaders and CHA about why there are fewer ICU beds than there was last fall.

A spokesperson for the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) said the limited ICU beds to various factors, including a high trauma care season, more people coming in with acute conditions that patients put off during the pandemic, and an increase in repository cases this year.

CHA estimates that 20% of hospital patients right now are receiving care for COVID-19.

However, hospitals are still urging individuals seeking immediate care to go to hospitals regardless of capacity concerns.

Chelsea Brentzel

Chelsea is an investigative reporter for KRDO NewsChannel 13. Learn more about Chelsea here.

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    1. The article does state that the number of Covid patients is down by about 1/3 since December. I guess they presume everyone is going to read the whole story.

  1. “Despite the loss of these employees, UCHealth’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement has helped to improve staffing. With broad vaccination rates, fewer employees are testing positive for COVID-19 and needing to be out of work while they recover,” UC Health Vice President of Communications Dan Weaver said in a statement.”
    https://krdo.com/news/top-stories/2021/10/04/dozens-of-uchealth-employees-in-colorado-springs-terminated-over-covid-19-vaccine-requirement/
    Perhaps firing the 119 educated, trained, certified, medical professionals from UC Health caused the reduction of available staff that once was able to handle the 292 beds that were able to be handled last year thus causing the reduction to 182 beds this year?
    Or is this simply too logical of a rational explanation…
    Sad to see that the same government involvements cause just as much turmoil in whatever arena they choose to involve themselves still only exacerbates an already bad problem before their involvement
    only gets worse the more prevalent their involvement is with the issue at hand.

    1. It’s more likely that they converted other beds into additional ICU beds when the need was greatest. Now the need has subsided, they have restored those beds to their original purposes, hence the reduction in the total number of ICU beds. That’s one way hospitals handle crises.

      1. RC, So if last year they had 292 beds during the same crisis what else has changed to warrant the reduction to 182 beds this year? That’s a reduction of 110 beds in 1 year and no explanation as to why, aside from the reason I provided. I agree that last year they more than likely did add beds to handle the supply / demand, but that supply / demand has not diminished over the last month. The only change in causality has been Biden’s Federal Mandate(s). If hospitals are at 92% capacity only 12 days after the 1st federal mandate went into effect then it is clear what caused this problem. Firing 119 educated, trained, certified, medical professionals from UC Health certainly seems to be the most glaringly obvious contributor. So the next question we as Americans need to ask ourselves is how much are we going to allow our government to further negatively impact our every day, normal services, and now our medical care, next will be our first responder care, what will be the next domino to fall because of these illegal, immoral, and unethical mandates.

  2. I noticed No Mention of ‘Closed Rural Clinics/Hospitals’, ‘Out-of State patients’ OR ‘Breakthrough Cases’. 20% =1/5, is not a huge number out of 100%.

    1. You are correct. There are so many out of state patients being brought in. Everyday they call and ask to send more. Many are from Texas and Kansas.
      If you look at the hospital numbers compared to the infection numbers you will see a big gap. That gap is the out of state patients which from what I can tell is approx 20% of the ICU beds and normal beds.

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