Availability of ICU Resources in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic – UROP Spring Symposium 2021

Availability of ICU Resources in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Alexandra Yates


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Research Mentor(s): Thomas Valley, Assistant Professor
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Department of Internal Medicine, Michigan Medicine
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 3 (1pm-1:50pm)
Breakout Room: Room 14
Presenter: 5

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COVID-19 has increased intensive care unit admissions thereby increasing the demand for the ICU’s resources. This greater demand in the ICU has led to rapid resource depletion and an alarming lack of these needed resources such as beds and staff. This pandemic has taxed the hospitals’ resources particularly in the intensive care units as many were underprepared and were forced to adapt to the changing environment in order to treat the influx of COVID-19 patients. There are numerous studies being conducted elsewhere but this study aims to measure the effects of the pandemic on hospitals in the state of Michigan and study how these hospitals adapted to the changing environment and how they dealt with resource depletion. Surveys have been conducted of numerous hospital ICUs at three points in time (initial, 4 weeks, and 12 weeks) to collect information regarding the effects the pandemic had and changes the hospital’s ICU made to combat these effects. The responses of these studies will be analyzed to find trends and consistencies across hospitals. By collecting information at different times, it is hypothesized that hospitals will have altered in terms of policy and resource availability as these hospitals saw peaks and dips in the number of COVID-19 patients. This study will compile the results to understand how COVID-19 has affected ICUs and how they adapted to deal with the pandemic with the hope that this knowledge can be used within the healthcare field for the betterment of hospital preparedness.

Authors: Alexandra Yates, Amanda Schutz, Thomas Valley
Research Method: Clinical Research

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