As the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies, some communities will be better equipped to treat the sickest patients — specifically those requiring admission to intensive care units — than others. Not only do ICU capabilities vary from hospital to hospital, but also some parts of the country have far more critical care beds by population than others. An NPR analysis of data from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice looked at how the nation's 100,000 ICU beds are distributed across the more than 300 markets that make up the country's hospital system. In some areas, like several in Florida, there are more than 60 intensive care beds for every 100,000 residents. In others, like Las Vegas and Nashville, Tenn., there are fewer than 20....
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ICU Bed Capacity Varies Widely Nationwide. See How Your Area Stacks Up