Press Release 12 October 2020
COVID Transfer Considerations
Members of our community have reached out to Ivinson Memorial Hospital with questions regarding our current ICU and ventilator capacity as well as our transfer process for COVID-19 patients. As of Monday, October 12, 2020, there are two hospitalized COVID-19 patients, one in the ICU and one on our medical/surgical floor at Ivinson. Ivinson transferred two COVID-19 patients to a higher acuity hospital between October 4, 2020 and October 11, 2020.
Ivinson has seven critical-care beds which includes four ICU and three acuity-adaptable beds. We have 10 ventilators for use across the hospital. While we did not reach capacity for critical-care beds last week, we did see an increase in hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients. At the peak, we had six hospitalized COVID-19 patients, three in the ICU and three on our medical/surgical floor.
Many factors are considered when determining a critically-ill patient’s care plan. Considerations include available specialists, resources required to execute the plan of care, staffing capacity, available ventilators and critical-care bed capacity. As a rural hospital, our primary purpose is to provide the very best care for our community. If we are not able to provide that care at Ivinson, we ensure patients are transferred to a facility that can. Our team of providers, nurses, staff and leaders are committed to the health of our community and will continue to go above and beyond in doing what is best for every patient, every day.
We continue to encourage our community to take the necessary steps in keeping each other safe and healthy; wear a mask in public spaces, wash your hands and stay home if you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms. If you need emergent care, please call 911 or visit the emergency room.
Up-to-date statewide and Albany county statistics can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/33PoynC