Colorado hospitals are better prepared for COVID-19 than in March, but flu creates uncertaintyDenver Post Oct 18, 2020
An average of 78% of intensive-care hospital beds and 79% of acute-care beds across Colorado were in use over the seven days ending Thursday. That doesn’t put hospitals at the breaking point, but they are monitoring that to decide about opening additional beds or canceling procedures that aren’t urgent, said Darlene Tad-y, vice president for clinical affairs at the Colorado Hospital Association [and associate professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine]. “It’s a signal for us to pay attention,” she said.
Typically, hospitals can get an idea of what the flu season will be like by looking to Australia, whose winter flu season is during the Northern Hemisphere’s summer, said Michelle Barron, medical director of infection prevention at UCHealth [and professor of medicine at CU School of Medicine].Read more