At height of pandemic, some ICUs saw care quality drop

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As intensive care units struggled to treat those with Covid-19 during the spring, health officials say their quality of care was jeopardized in some cases by the higher patient load.

At the ICUs in Eskilstuna, Jönköping and Västerås, health workers have seen consequences from relying on inexperienced staff or having lack of medication and protective equipment or caring for patients in rooms that are not suited for intensive care.

In one hospital in Eskilstuna, more patients than normal developed bed sores and an antibiotic-resistant intestinal bacteria spread between some patients, likely because they were placed too close together.

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