New Mexico hospitals operating at 110% of capacity

New Mexico hospitals operating at 110% of capacity

[Ed. – They are on the verge of having to ‘ration’ health care resources, such as ventilators.]

New Mexico officials painted a grim picture of the state’s health care capacity Monday, warning hospitals are filled to the brim and still bracing for a new onslaught of COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving.

“Our hospital is full and we are very close to running out of ICU beds and regular beds,” said Dr. Rohini McKee, University of New Mexico Hospital’s chief quality and safety officer. “Given the numbers we’ve seen over the past few weeks our health care system is going to be overwhelmed. But our behaviors will determine how long that system is going to be overwhelmed.”

Jason Mitchell, Presbyterian Health Care Services’ chief medical care officer, said the company’s nine hospitals are operating at about 110 percent of capacity.

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“We are out of ICU beds,” Mitchell said. “We really are totally full.”

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