On Sunday, the largest medical complex of Texas posted a report on their website saying that they have surpassed their 100% ICU bed capacity but soon they removed this post from their website, giving rise to several doubts whether the post was removed under any political influence since the hospital had promised to release a completely new set of data.
On Sunday, the Washington Post revealed that the Texas Medical Center, one of the World’s largest medical facilities situated in Houston, silently removed the data detailing about ICU beds from their official website.
The data revealed that the medical centers have used their 100% of the available ICU Beds and now they are running out of ICU bed capacities.
This message was to alert the public health experts and politicians, but according to the center personnel, more beds can be added to accommodate more patients.
On Thursday, Gov. Abbott ordered the state and Houston, in particular, to put a halt on elective surgeries and make the ICU beds available for the COVID infected patients since the state was setting up the record of highest hospitalizations, two weeks in a row.
The Texas Medical Center’s official website in their statement claimed that “incomplete slide deck” was posted a day before and assured that, “new slides will be released later today, and will provide a more comprehensive and accurate description of the current status.”
According to an NBC News reporter, Mike Hixenbaugh’s tweet, on Sunday the medical center informed him that “After the events of this week, everyone realized the capacity question was complicated and misunderstood.
So new slides are being made that better explain. That’s all it is.”
Democratic Rep. Gene Wu in his tweet said that “we are at the edge of a cliff” since the Texas Medical Center revealed its data on ICU beds on Thursday.
To this Republican Sen. John Cornyn replied that Wu shouldn’t try to scare people and only 27% of ICU beds were occupied by corona patients, while the other beds were occupied by people for different other reasons.
The president of Houston Medical, Marc Boom remarked in his statement at a news conference that “I think the Texas Medical Center’s purpose was to really urge people to do the right things in the community and do so by talking about capacity, but really ended up unintentionally sounding an alarm bell too loudly.” He added, “We clearly do have the capacity.”