31 Aug 2005

Guam Hospital struggling with bed shortage

8:24 pm on 31 August 2005

Patients with severe injuries or heart conditions have had to wait for hours to receive care because beds at some Guam Memorial Hospital departments are full.

GMH nursing supervisor Jennifer Rosario says five patients with cardiac problems were waiting at the emergency room to be admitted to the medical telemetry department on Tuesday, and two patients were waiting for beds in the Intensive Care Unit.

Ms Rosario says the problem is the need for more monitored beds.

She says though the hospital is trying its best, it is difficult to provide adequate care in the congested Emergency Room.

149 patients were hospitalised as of Tuesday.

Ms Rosario says the pediatrics and obstetrics departments still have some open beds, but it is difficult to place adult male patients in units designated for children and women.

She says they can't have any infections because there are moms and babies in those units.