This study led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, New York City, finds that patients having elective surgery make up a small fraction of ICU bed and mechanical ventilation use in New York State.
The researchers reviewed 5 years of New York State data on ICU utilization and mechanical ventilation.
From 2011 to 2015:
New York City holds the majority of ICU beds (ie, 2,496 of 3,566) in New York State.
Suspending elective surgeries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic may have a minor effect on ICU capacity, compared to other sources of ICU admissions, such as emergent/urgent admissions/trauma surgery and medical admissions, the researchers say.Read More >>