Nearly half of Aspirus COVID-19 patients require ICU beds; more than 80% of COVID patients unvaccinated
For the Tomahawk Leader
WISCONSIN – Nearly half of patients admitted to Aspirus hospitals for COVID-19 as of Wednesday, Oct. 13 were in an intensive care unit (ICU) bed, Aspirus said.
In a release, Aspirus said that 43 of its 91 COVID-19 patients were in an ICU bed.
“More people are requiring a higher level of care for COVID-19 as the most recent wave of the pandemic hits our area,” Aspirus stated.
“The ICU is essentially one of the areas in our hospitals that take care of the sickest of the sick,” said Dr. Susan Schneider, Aspirus System Senior System Physician Executive of Primary Care. “We’re seeing with this most recent surge with the Delta Variant that patients are somewhat younger than they have been in the past and needing a much higher level of care.”
Aspirus said the problem is affecting health care systems across the country.
“More ICU patients requires more staff and resources,” Aspirus stated. “That can cause non-emergent procedures to be delayed.”
People in the community can help with this problem, Aspirus noted.
“Over 80% of our patients right now that are admitted with COVID-infections are unvaccinated,” Schneider said. “We know masking decreases transmission rates. So, for people who can’t get vaccinated or can’t socially distance, it’s still important to wear a mask.”
For more on COVID-19 vaccinations, booster shots and scheduling information, visit www.aspirus.org.