Mike Adams 12/29/20 12:33 PM 5 min read

Hospital capacity diminishing in states seeing COVID surge

The United States is facing another wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and hospitals across the nation are fighting to keep up with the influx of patients. 

In some states, like Texas and Oklahoma, which have been particularly affected by the COVID surge, hospitals have been overwhelmed to the point where there are no available hospital beds to treat COVID patients.

A rising number of healthcare workers are also facing the coronavirus themselves. Between these workers coming down with COVID and other workers requesting time off due to the mental and emotional toll of providing patient care during the pandemic, hospitals are severely understaffed and underequipped.

The Department of Health and Human Services reported that nearly 1 in 5 hospitals in the United States are facing a “critical shortage of staff” [1].

According to physician Robert Hancock, who has had to request that ER nurses look after nearly three times as many patients as normal, he has tried to move patients only to find that within 150 miles “nobody had available ICU beds” [1].

Since November, many states are seeing their highest number of COVID hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic, which has contributed to a shortage of staff, ICU beds, and personal protective equipment (PPE) [2].

Caring for COVID patients requires more time, supplies, and other resources due to the highly infectious nature of the virus. Many COVID patients must be treated in the ICU, and since the virus can be transmitted through aerosols and droplets, healthcare workers have to follow stringent COVID safety protocols when treating these patients.

This has put an overwhelming strain on healthcare workers and patients alike, who are struggling due to dwindling hospital capacity. Healthcare workers are stretched thin taking care of far more patients than usual all while being at an increased risk for COVID-19 themselves. Patients are waiting to receive the treatment they need or are turned away from hospitals that are at capacity. 

As this issue continues to escalate, hospitals and other healthcare facilities are in need of a solution that will help increase their capacity and allow healthcare workers to confidently care for COVID patients.

The SCONE™ helps hospitals facing low capacity

The SCONE™ is a medical device that provides increased COVID protection for healthcare workers and can help hospitals survive the pandemic.

The SCONE™ creates a negative pressure environment that clears infectious aerosols and droplets in under five minutes, helping reduce the spread of COVID-19 in hospitals and making it easier, faster, and safer for healthcare workers to treat patients.

Because the SCONE™ helps mitigate the spread of these aerosols and droplets, healthcare workers can provide patient care with minimal PPE changes, reducing the time needed to transport or treat these patients. As the SCONE™ increases throughput, hospitals that use this device will experience relief from the unbearable strain of the COVID-19 surge. 

With less bottlenecking and backlog, healthcare workers will not be forced to practice triage or care for an overwhelming number of patients at once which will alleviate some of the immense mental, physical, and emotional struggles that they are facing during this time.

The SCONE™ will also help ensure that patients are able to receive treatment and that there are enough ICU beds for the growing number of COVID patients across the country.

 

 

SCONE™ has been authorized by the FDA for Emergency Use. Click the button to connect with us and learn how to get SCONE™ into your healthcare facility.

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Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a seasoned sales executive with 12 years of experience in the medical device industry. Most of his career has been spent in spine and biologic sales, hospital operations and pain management. He has held various managerial positions including VP of Sales, Chief Commercial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer for a speciality hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas (Go Cowboys), he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife of 15 years and their 4 rowdy boys, ages 4-12. He received his Bachelors from Arizona State University and in his spare time he enjoys Crossfit, watching and playing sports, and woodworking.