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It Is Not Just Hospital Beds When it Comes to Capacity

Medical staffing is about to become a national nightmare.

by Eric Holdeman / November 10, 2020

I was just writing about logistics for the International Association of Emergency Managers and someone sent me a link to this article about hospital bed shortages: "Coronavirus Surge in Minnesota Depletes ICU Hospital Space."

There are a number of issues being addressed in this article. One is the fact that hospitals are trying to remain profitable during the pandemic. When elective procedures were cancelled earlier this year they took a significant financial hit, which they are still trying to recover from. Then there is not a bed shortage, but a medical professional shortage of workers. You can't add capacity by just opening up COVID-19 wards, you have to have the staff to provide the care that patients will need. 

As they said on the TV show Game of Thrones, "Winter is coming!" 

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