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Monument Health introduces 6 new ICU beds

Published: Jun. 10, 2021 at 5:46 PM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - The pandemic showcased just how necessary health care is with beds often filling up at hospitals quickly.

With beds still full, Monument Health repurposed a room into an Intensive Care Unit that houses six new beds.

The need for the beds also stems from the recent hire of more surgeons and team members, meaning more intensive and complex surgeries can be conducted at the hospital for those who need them.

After surgeries of that nature, patients need care for quite some time, and these beds are located in a place where teams can be ready to tend to the needs they may have.

Before the renovation, the room was just an overflow unit. However, Monument Health’s Intensive Care Director of Nursing, George Sazama, says the room is far more capable.

”We would overflow medical patients, and then we would run out of beds for the surgical patients. So, this new medical ICU allows for those patients to come out. So, if you need to have an open heart surgery tomorrow morning, we have a bed for you,” says Sazama.

The six ICU beds were made with the possibility of a future pandemic, or the escalation of the current pandemic, in mind. The doors are able to slide shut and filter the airflow out of the building, so patients aren’t capable of spreading contagious illnesses.

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