The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports:
Intensive care units are overflowing, health care officials are setting up field hospitals and the state is still grappling with a potential shortage of oxygen, which is needed to treat severe cases of COVID-19, as well as patients suffering from conditions such as emphysema and lung cancer.
Some hospitals already have set up tents to help triage patients, and another field hospital is being set up at The Queen’s Medical Center-West Oahu, said Hilton Raethel, president and CEO of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii. The facilities can be converted to provide low-level, inpatient care, but that too requires staffing.
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Hawaii hospitals run out of ICU beds, scramble to bring in extra oxygen | Honolulu Star-Advertiser https://t.co/kTmnRQhHxS
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Hawaii is facing an oxygen shortage and dwindling ICU beds as the state’s hospitals are strained by a surge in Covid cases.
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