Situation in Ontario ICUs like a never-ending 'fire' amid COVID-19 3rd wave, says nurse
2021-04-05 from cbc.ca
As admissions to Ontario's intensive care units reach record highs, one critical care nurse says the situation is like a "fire" that never goes out.
"That's what we're facing each morning when we get up and we head to work," said Clare Fielding, a clinical nurse specialist for critical care at Toronto General Hospital.
"We're going to fight the fire, but the fire is going to be there when we leave and it's going to be there tomorrow as well."
Ontario is currently grappling with a third wave of COVID-19 infections largely driven by variants of concern. According to the province's science round table, the variants lead to greater hospitalizations and ICU occupancy, and are affecting younger people more seriously.
According to the Ontario health ministry, 451 patients were being treated for COVID-19 in the province's ICU beds as of Saturday morning.
Even with a month-long stay-at-home order, health experts say that ICU admissions will likely top 800 this months.
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