Prayer #221: For Intensive Care Unit Capacity in Hospitals
For the most severe cases of COVID-19, those which lead to other complications, especially respiratory, cardiac, and diabetic, treatment is often required in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in a hospital. When there is an elevated outbreak of the virus, these ICUs are frequently operating at capacity, or even over-capacity. Unfortunately, there are a relatively small number of these ICUs at community hospitals, and they can thus become saturated relatively quickly during an epidemic outbreak. The American Hospital Association conducts an annual survey of hospitals across the United States and in 2020, reported that in 5,198 community hospitals, there were 55,663 medical-surgical intensive care beds, 15,160 cardiac intensive care beds, 22,721 neonatal intensive care beds, 5,115 pediatric intensive care beds, 1,198 burn care intensive care beds, and 7,419 other intensive care beds. Many of the above categories cannot be used for COVID patients, and the number of available ICU beds, spread across our country is small. It's easy to see how they can fill up quickly during something such as the Coronavirus. ICU units represent a considerable investment in equipment and training for a hospital, but the COVID-19 pandemic is causing hospitals to rethink what their ICU capacity should be.
Pray for community hospitals across the United States, and in particular, those nurses and doctors staffing intensive care units. Pray for God to give them much wisdom as they treat COVID-19 patients with life-threatening complications. Pray for God to watch over these patients. And pray for the needed ICU expansion in many hospitals across our country.
Is. 41:11: "For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, 'Fear not, I am the one who helps you.'"