UW Health says hospitals are reaching capacity, struggling
MADISON, Wis. – Hospitals across Wisconsin are facing space and staff shortages, UW Health experts said Tuesday.
According to Dr. Jeff Pothof, a recent surge in COVID-19 cases has pushed the health system to its limit.
“Our staff have been incredible,” Pothof said in a statement. “But ultimately we are struggling to accommodate the volume of patients we’re seeing, and that volume is increasing.”
UW Health officials said they would be cutting back on non-essential procedures and will convert spaces to hold more COVID-19 patients.
However, the virus is not the hospital’s only concern.
“When hospitals are as full as ours is right now, access to doctors and a bed when you have a heart attack, a stroke, or a car accident are a major concern,” Pothof said. “We’re dangerously close to the point where there just aren’t resources for all of those cases.”
Officials are asking everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu and get a COVID-19 booster shot.
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