Colorado has seen a rash of beds with elevated oxygen levels, which is making the beds extremely hot, even in the middle of winter.
It’s a hot bed, and it’s becoming a trend.
The rise of the elevated bed in Colorado has sparked a debate about the health of our patients, including the prevalence of heat-related illness, and the potential for increased morbidity and mortality from heat-induced infections.
And while some of the new beds are likely to be associated with heat-associated infections, we need to get more accurate data on whether these beds are really contributing to higher COVID-19 morbidity rates, and what they might be doing to the health care system.
Dr. James Bockenridge, medical director for the University of Colorado Health Care System, said he’s concerned about the rising number of elevated beds in Colorado.
He believes it’s a real problem.
“I think we’re seeing a lot of hot beds in some of our hospitals, especially in the rural areas of Colorado,” Bockensridge told The Associated Press.
“We’re seeing them more frequently because of climate change.”
Bockenridges group is working to find out what factors are driving the rise in elevated beds.
He says there’s some evidence that some of those factors are likely related to COVID.
“One thing that we do know is that we’re not seeing the number of infections as high in the wintertime, and that is a reflection of what’s happened in the past,” he said.
“If you look at the number and you look back at where we were 10 years ago, we were really close to a zero infection rate.
But we’ve now reached the point where we’ve got more than double the number that we were in 2005.
So I think that’s a reflection that we need more data and we need better data.”
Bockingenridge said he thinks elevated beds are a result of a combination of factors.
“There’s certainly a relationship between climate change and temperature, and COVID, which are two of the things that are impacting our healthcare system,” he added.
“There’s a relationship also between COVID and the heat index, which tells us how hot the air is, and we’re trying to understand how these temperature patterns affect these types of COVIDs.”
Bocksenridge also says elevated beds aren’t necessarily linked to the pandemic.
“The numbers don’t tell the whole story,” he explained.
“When you have a situation where there’s a rise in COVID levels, that’s the most important thing.
COVID has a negative impact on people’s quality of life.
It can have a huge impact on the ability to take care of people, which in turn impacts the health and the overall quality of their life.
COID, we don’t know how it happens.
But I think there’s something to be said for knowing that we have a lot more work to do to understand this.”