Hospital Capacity

Regional News • Americas • United States
US reports 100,000 Covid-19 hospitalisations and over 200,000 new cases
US reports 100,000 Covid-19 hospitalisations and over 200,000 new cases
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The United States reported over 200,000 new Covid-19 cases nationwide on Wednesday and logged its highest daily death count with 3,157 fatalities. The number of people admitted to the hospital has surpassed 100,000 for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Regional News • Europe
Switzerland reaches the maximum capacity of ICU beds, switches to triage
Switzerland reaches the maximum capacity of ICU beds, switches to triage
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All 876 beds certified by the Swiss Society for Intensive Medicine (SGI) for adults and thus recognized as intensive care beds in Switzerland are now occupied in the course of Covid-19 treatment - with this statement, the Society appealed on Tuesday to the public's sense of responsibility

Patients should consider whether they would like to have life-prolonging measures in the event of a serious illness as "this will help their own relatives as well as the teams of intensive care units in the decision-making process, so that treatment can take place in the best possible way and according to the individual patient's will,".

Switzerland has also updated its triage guidelines in order to assist medical professionals with the decision which patients to treat.

Technology • Internet & Web
US hospital systems facing 'imminent' threat of cyber attacks, FBI warns
US hospital systems facing 'imminent' threat of cyber attacks, FBI warns
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The FBI and two other federal agencies have warned that the US healthcare system is facing an “increased and imminent” threat of cyberattacks, including data theft and extortion attempts to lock up hospital information systems, and that there is "credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to US hospitals and healthcare providers."

"We are experiencing the most significant cyber security threat we’ve ever seen in the United States,” so Charles Carmakal, chief technical officer of the cybersecurity firm Mandiant.

Health
Bordeaux: Doctor says ICUs are nearing capacity
A nurse preparing a COVID-19 patient for a procedure in intensive care
A nurse preparing a COVID-19 patient for a procedure in intensive care Credit: US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sara Eshleman / Public domain

Dr. Olivier Joannes-Boyau, the head of the intensive care unit at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) de Bordeaux, told CNN that the city's ICUs are nearing capacity. His hospital only has 10 of 35 beds available. France is experiencing a resurgence of Coronavirus cases. Dr. Joannes-Boyau says the first wave was like a sprint while the second will be more like a marathon.

Dr. Catherine Fleureau, director of the CHU, agreed and said: "It's also going to be harder than last time, because this wave, I think, will grow progressively and then last over time."

Health
Florida's ICU capacity drops to 17 percent amid rising Covid-19 cases
A surgical nurse, prepares a patient for a procedure in the intensive care unit.
A surgical nurse, prepares a patient for a procedure in the intensive care unit. Credit: US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sara Eshleman / Public domain

Hospitals in Florida are running out of intensive care unit beds as the state sees one of the worst surges of Covid-19 cases in the United States. A report by Florida's health authority shows that 30 hospitals are at 90 percent ICU capacity while almost 50 hospitals have no more available ICU beds.

Health
Video shows Bergamo hospital from inside

In a video published on March 18th, the insides of a Bergamo hospital are shown. The cameraperson is walking around and shows multiple people attached to venting machines in rooms, but also in the hallway between rooms and a doctor in full protection gear.