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Beds: Questions of supply for all patients


April 12, 2020

Whitney Bryen, Oklahoma Watch

Tents are set up outside of the emergency room at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City as the hospital prepares for coronavirus patients.

When a patient with COVID-19 is brought to a hospital, they are triaged, isolated and put in a negative pressure room (if it's available), where air blows in but can't escape.

Depending on the severity of the infection and patient's age, they may end up in a succession of beds.

Those beds – intensive care, medical surgery, operating room – are critical parts of a hospital's ability to effectively treat the victims of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as other patients. The bed itself isn't pivotal, rather it's the room's or unit's function, surrounding equipment and the personnel traine...

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