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The chicken littles are screaming, "7 out of 10 ICU beds are full in Tennessee!"

"The Tennessean" reported on Thursday, August 12th that, "'Impossible to find' empty ICU, ER beds in Middle Tennessee, hospital chief medical officer says."


Here is his statement:


Dr. Geoff Lifferth


"There are no beds.


In Middle Tennessee right now it is impossible to find an empty, staffed ICU, ER, or med/surg bed. As an ER doc and a healthcare administrator, this past week has been one of the most exhausting and disheartening of my career.

The delta variant has burned through us with a ferocity that’s hard to describe. 6 weeks ago there were 200 Covid patients in hospitals in Tennessee. Today there are 2000. A 1000% increase. In 6 weeks. It has overwhelmed tired doctors, nurses and healthcare systems that were already stretched thin."


So... let's take a look at the data and see if that is correct and what it means, shall we?


33 seconds of searching anddddddd... 7/10 beds being full is normal. US National Library of medicine says so.


"Over the three years studied, total ICU occupancy ranged from 57.4% to 82.1% and the number of beds filled with mechanically ventilated patients ranged from 20.7% to 38.9%."


**Mechanically ventilated would be a requirement for a COVID patient.


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3840149/


Dr. Lifferth's statement is being assumed to state that COVID is overwhelming the ICU beds, there wont be enough beds for the other illnesses.




They're not all for the same diagnosis, in fact most are not for covid. In Tennessee out of total ICU beds, 630+/- or only 25% are COVID patients (the chart and data is kinda vague, 10 circles would be 10% each, a half filled one is 5%.) You can see the trends and data here:


https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/region/us/tennessee


The data shows about 25% of ICU beds are available, 75% are occupied, which is normal.


** Data is from Aug 13th.


Do the research people, they are using fear, know your facts before becoming worried.



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