The US healthcare system is again trying to buckle up to match the increase in COVID Cases. The weight of Covid in the USA is surging high causing great concern amongst health care centers. The health care centers are now witnessing the highest ever hospitalization rate. The recent surge in Covid has filled more than 1,00,000 hospital beds. The spike in Covid infections is now compelling states to introduce “Rationed Care” during the catastrophic event.
Us Covid Cases Raising Fears For Rationed Care Across The Nation
The scene is an alarming sign due to the contagious spread of the Delta variant primarily amongst the unvaccinated people. In recent weeks, more than 10 states in the USA have reached the highest records in hospitalization admissions. The USA is continuing to record on an average more than 1,60,000 new coronavirus cases per day.
The hospitals are on the edge.Dr. Bruce Siegel the president of America’s Essential Hospitals says “We’re in a very dangerous place, given the level of our surge, we are right on the edge of entering crisis standards of care. I hope we don’t get to that point, but it could very easily happen,”
There are certain guidelines for crisis standards however, these guidelines may vary depending upon the states and situations. Declaring crisis standards does not imply that the state will deny medical care to the patients. It aims at giving rights and authority to the hospital to prioritize. The crisis standards are a means to protect the doctors and promote the well-being of patients.
For instance, those patients whose situation and health condition is critical will be given priority against those whose condition is normally considered as safe. It also emphasizes that patients will be required to discharge early before they would normally go home to meet the bed shortage.
The plan is also considering introducing ‘ a scoring system’ that will evaluate the patient’s chance of survival. Dr. Eric Toner, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security who has helped design guidance on crisis standards for states and health care systems says that “In the absence of a declaration or a plan, doctors and nurses, on their own, are the only ones left to make these gut-wrenching decisions,”
Toner asserts that everything should be planned and done to promote the well-being of the patients. These steps may help one to reduce the chaos and stress in the states.
He also stated `We have individual doctors calling other hospitals, even out of state, trying to transfer patients — that should not be happening” There is a need to balance the resources and take the necessary steps.
The administration and authorities must together work, analyze the situation and come up with an action plan. The unexpected surge in Covid should be tackled thoughtfully. Implementing a full-proof crisis plan can help the authorities to manage the pressure of an increase in the hospitalization rate.
However, in some parts of the country, the hospitalization rate is likely to increase and it’s expected that the ICU units will be under “extreme stress”.