Online tool helps public, EMTs track the status of Georgia's hospitals amid COVID pandemic

  • Source: WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta
  • Published: 12/29/2020 12:00 AM

More than two dozen hospital intensive care units (ICUs) and emergency rooms were full on Monday, according to the Georgia Coordinating Center (GCC). The online database shows bed capacity at medical facilities across the state and allows users to find the closest hospital to them with the most resources. The public can find real-time information on crowding at hospitals and see whether a facility is even accepting patients by ambulance. The website uses phrases like "severe" and "normal" to show the level of crowding, as well as "diversion" and "saturation" to designate levels of intake. The GCC also provides medical providers with information for patient transfers. Public health expert and microbiologist Amber Schmidtke said the online system is critical in getting patients adequate care during bed shortages.


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