Sands: ICU experiencing bed shortage
Due to a nursing shortage, there are only 12 beds in use in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), according to Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands.
Sands made the revelation as he spoke on the issue of boarders taking up bed space at the hospital.
“Thirty persons who have no acute medical reason to be in hospital; just today we have 20-plus patients waiting in Accident and Emergency because there are no beds. And, so, the issue of boarders is a huge issue for persons trying to get into the hospital,” he said at Pompey Square during National HIV Testing Day Friday.
“When we add to that the challenges in the Intensive Care Unit, where we are down to 12 beds because of our nursing shortages, deliberate actions to solve many of these problems becomes critical.”
Bahamas Nurses Union (BNU) President Amancha Williams revealed earlier this year that between January and February, 30 nurses left PMH. She said that the issue has not been recruiting nurses, but instead, retaining them.
According to data compiled by PMH, 403 nurses are needed for specialized units at the hospital.
There is a dire need for 165 nurses in the critical care units at PMH.
The critical care units are comprised of the ICU, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, operating theaters, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Accident and Emergency, Maternity Ward and Dialysis Unit.