San Jose Hospital is reaching capability because the county’s ICU beds proceed to refill – NBC Bay Space
A San Jose hospital reached capacity on Tuesday when the number of available ICU beds decreased to 31 across Santa Clara County.
The San Jose Regional Medical Center was full but was still taking patients through the emergency room. There were at least 66 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, putting a strain on hospital resources.
“We are at full capacity,” said the emergency room medical director, Dr. Paul Silka. “There are essentially no beds left in the hospital to get patients to their inpatient unit quickly.”
Santa Clara County’s top doctor calls this coronavirus surge the most significant and worrying of the pandemic.
The hospital continues to perform surgeries and admit emergency patients, but elective surgeries have been suspended.
The medical center also uses beds in the post-acute unit to take in new patients, but it does not use the pandemic tents it set up in the parking lot in April.
A San Jose hospital reached capacity on Tuesday when the number of available ICU beds decreased to 31 across Santa Clara County. Marianne Favro reports.
“We think it will be better to circling the wagons, have our team together and use the space we have to the best of our ability and do without the pandemic tent,” said Silka.
The surge in COVID-19 is weighing on intensive care units across the county, and the situation is getting worse day by day.
“As of noon today, I am sad to report that we only have 31 beds left,” said Dr. Ahmad Kamal of Santa Clara County Health Care Preparedness. “That’s 9.5% of our capacity. It’s the worst we’ve ever seen.”
The county plans to redirect patients to hospitals with more beds available and even use the De Paul Health Center in Morgan Hill to accommodate 36 subacute patients.