COVID

Diane Luebcke, Community Memorial Healthcare director of nursing, says CMH is caring for more acutely ill patients because of delays in sending them to intensive care units at larger hospitals. Submitted photo 

 

Marysville’s hospital is facing delays in placing patients in intensive care units at larger hospitals, the facility’s head of nursing said this week. And a shortage of nurses and nursing aides has been compounded by the long-running COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are experiencing delays in placement due to the lack of critical care beds available in the entire nation, not just at regional health-care hubs,” said Diane Luebcke, Community Memorial Healthcare director of nursing. “Due to this, CMH is caring for more acutely ill patients. For example, we have one patient right now who is currently No. 18 on the waiting list for an ICU bed at the location they need, and they have already been on that waiting list for two days.”