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Pressure on ICU leading to some hospitals canceling scheduled procedures – HSE

The Chief Clinical Officer of the Health Service Executive (HSE) Dr. Colm Henry has said pressure on ICU services is forcing some hospitals to cancel scheduled procedures.

Dr. Henry said one out of three ICU beds are currently being occupied by Covid-19 patients.

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He said hospitals are making mitigation efforts – such as exchanging patients between facilities.

However, Henry noted that despite the recent rise in hospitalisations, the system is currently able to cope with the spike.

“The hospitals are well used to – during periods of surge over many winters before the pandemic – bringing in mitigation actions, including, but not limited to, cancellation of elective activity,” Dr. Henry said.

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He said that intensive care capacity is being expanded but said it “isn’t indefinite in terms of its ability to absorb all the pressures that have been heaped upon it.”

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