As COVID surge strains system, UK Healthcare limits service, reallocates resources

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – With its COVID patient numbers straining the system and rising, UK Healthcare is taking several steps to reallocate resources to be able to meet the COVID demand while continuing to serve trauma and other emergency needs.

UK HealthCare currently has 114 COVID patients — 111 adults and three children. Of the total, 99 of the 114 are unvaccinated and 56 of the 114 are in the ICU, according to hospital officials.

To increase available capacity and manage COVID volume, the hospital has taken the following steps:

  • Closing 5 operating rooms per day thereby reducing surgical operations at Chandler Hospital to lower the need for beds. Overall we have 32 ORs at Chandler and 10 at Good Samaritan, in addition to eight outpatient ORs.
  • Limiting cases where the patient is coming from home – but will require admission post-surgery – to 10 per day across all service lines.
  • Working with our community partners to evaluate and control hospital transfers.
  • Reducing Good Samaritan elective surgical cases and Interventional Radiology elective cases requiring admission.
  • Dedicating 24 beds in Emergency Department to primarily care for patients with respiratory illness.
  • Adding negative pressure to inpatient rooms in Kentucky Children’s to expand the ability to care for children with COVID.
  • Converting treatment spaces in the pediatric ED and Good Samaritan ED to negative pressure, which creates additional capacity to care for symptomatic or COVID-positive patients.
  • Relocating Neonatal ICU patients from pediatric beds on Kentucky Children’s 4th floor to 3 NEO and 3 NBN in Pavilion H, which allows for additional capacity in Kentucky Children’s Hospital.
  • Pharmacy and ambulatory teams are stepping up to provide monoclonal antibody subcutaneous injections at our Wellington Way location.
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