Albuquerque hospitals at 140% capacity
And it is NOT from Covid
This short article is a respite from my long diatribes, and is a continuation of my post “Hospitals are full of vaccinated patients”.
I came across this news item from ABC News, “Albuquerque hospitals enact crisis standards of care during 'unprecedented' time”.
"Currently at UNM today, we're operating at about 140% of our normal operating capacity, and I've had moments where we've approached 150%. This really is an unsustainable and unprecedented level of activity that we've been able to create," Dr. Michael Richards, senior vice president for clinical affairs at UNM Health System, told reporters.
The article makes some oblique references to “Covid pandemic”, making an impression that perhaps the hospitals are overflowing with Covid victims.
The move comes as the hospitals are being stretched to the limit in terms of space and staffing due to increasing COVID-19 hospitalizations and a high volume of patients with acute conditions, officials said.
"Not very good news with hospitalizations," he said, urging people to get vaccinated and booster shots and to follow safe COVID-19 practices. "This is a really serious time."
Fortunately, we actually have data that can tell us how many of these beds are occupied with Covid patients. Tha data is right here.
It is a couple of weeks old, but it shows that out of 697 hospital beds and 141 ICU beds, only 43 were occupied with Covid patients. That means that only 5% of beds were taken up by Covid patients.
Since that data was published, nothing big really happened with the Covid pandemic in New Mexico.
So, something happened since two weeks ago, that overflows UNM hospitals, and it is NOT a rapid change in Covid pandemic. What could it be?
Astute readers are probably guessing where this takes us.
So… What is it that is overflowing hospitals? The general sickly vaccinated, or booster victims? I am not sure. Please tell me.
It is, obviously, a pure coincidence that UNM hospitals started overflowing and it coincided with the booster campaign. Boosters are safe and effective. Pfizer tested 12 senior citizens as part of its booster study.
Supportive data from the Phase 1 portion of this study in participants 18 through 55 years of age (N=11) and 65 through 85 years of age (N=12) who had received a 30 µg BNT162b2 prototype vaccine approximately 7 to 9 months after their second dose were also included and consisted of safety data and immunogenicity data evaluating neutralizing antibody titers elicited by the booster dose against the reference strain (wild-type) of SARS-CoV-2 and variants of concern (VOCs).
Nothing to see here. Move along.