OU Medicine expands bed capacity amid coronavirus pandemic
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OU Medicine officials announced Friday the expansion of its facilities to care for more patients in case of a surge in novel coronavirus patients.
Three additional floors will open in early June instead of November at OU Medical Center, two of which will house intensive-care patients, and another for those with needs that are not as critical.
Bringing the intensive-care bed total to 421 and increasing medical surgery beds to 285 across its facilities, OU Medicine can now house patients 40% beyond normal capacity, officials said.
Beds will remain available for patients with non-coronavirus illnesses.
“We are in the midst of a pandemic that none of us have experienced before,” said Chuck Spicer, president and CEO of OU Medicine. “But at OU Medicine we believe we’re uniquely positioned to respond to this crisis and a surge in patients we expect.”
As the pandemic spread, OU Medicine was able to identify additional beds at OU Medical Center Edmond, Children’s Hospital and the ambulatory surgery center in Oklahoma City.
Some rooms were converted to house critical care beds, including operating rooms and post-anesthesia care units.
Children’s Hospital will admit adult patients ages 18 to 26, with some exceptions, as well as accept pediatric patient transfers from other Oklahoma hospitals to open capacity for critical care beds across the region.
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OU Medicine also launched a million-mask challenge. Information about the challenge is available at OUMedicine.com/TheChallenge.
The site includes details for manufacturers and details about donations of N-95, KN-95, surgical or any other type of mask or face shield.
OU Medicine’s supply chain team is available to guide manufacturers on the best way to help.