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Washington Post 28 Mar 2020

Rise in coronavirus patients puts strain on Michigan hospitals' resources


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-Today we have about 800 COVID-positive patients
in Beaumont Health.
For a time frame, 13 days ago that was zero.
When the crisis broke two weeks ago,
we had a reserve of 50,000 masks that we were able to draw upon.
But we've gone through that relatively quickly.
We are getting our normal supply,
and we are adding to it a lot of spot-buying that's going on,
and frankly with others around the country,
and we've recently had some success over the last few days.
Generally, our protocol is that if you're given a mask,
we'd like you to use it for the day.
Obviously, if a mask becomes soiled or a problem,
then we'll issue another mask.
But we're all trying to conserve the PPE
to the maximum extent possible, and that's going pretty well.
Ventilators, we were concerned about.
We have secured more ventilators.
We're an eight-hospital system,
so we're able to move ventilators around.
And now we're also using a single ventilator
for multiple patients.
You can arrange the tubing in a way that if you have
two positive COVID-19 patients in a semi-private room,
you can do pretty good therapy or pulmonary function support
with a ventilator on more than one patient.
We're still, I think, on the upside of our surge,
and no one really can predict the peak of the surge.
The modeling is very fluid around all this,
and so I think it's the --
it's really up to the virus, not us.
I'm hopeful that we will do well.
But how long this runs and how big the peak is is something
that, you know, we're preparing for as best we can,
but we'll just have to see what the real facts bring us.

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