ICU beds in San Joaquin Valley drop to concerningly low levels

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The share of available intensive care beds has dropped to concerningly low levels in the San Joaquin Valley, prompting state health officials to implement COVID-19 hospital surge protocols to help alleviate the strain on healthcare facilities.
The share of available intensive care beds has dropped to concerningly low levels in the San Joaquin Valley, prompting state health officials to implement COVID-19 hospital surge protocols aimed at alleviating the strain on healthcare facilities.

Under a state health order issued last month, additional measures are imposed when a region's hospitals report having less than 10% of their cumulative staffed adult ICU beds available for three straight days.

The San Joaquin Valley is the first to meet that criteria. As of Thursday, only 8.6% of such beds were available across the region — which the state defines as Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne counties.

Hospitals within those areas will now have to follow these protocols for at least the next week:

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All general acute care hospitals that do have ICU bed capacity "must accept transfer patients when clinically appropriate and directed by the medical and health operational area coordinator."

General acute care hospitals in the region with ICU bed capacity "must accept transfer patients when clinically appropriate and directed by the regional disaster medical health specialist."

If there's no ICU bed capacity regionwide, then general acute care hospitals in the state have to accept transfer patients "when clinically appropriate" and ordered by the director of the state…
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