Demand for hospital resources are likely to increase by the end of January 2021 – with a distinctly sharper rate of increase for hospital beds relative to ICU ventilators and other equipment needed for critically ill COVID-19 patients.
This suggests that while cases are rising, the ratio of critically ill cases to total cases will be lower than in the initial surge seen in the early parts of 2020.
Opioid epidemic in one chart – correlation conflated with causation
There is no cause-and-effect relationship between prescribing and overdose mortality. But millions of patients are being denied safe and effective pain care.
Seniors over age 62 are prescribed opioids for pain three times more often than youth under age 19. But youth have overdose rates three times higher than seniors. No medical model can explain these demographics.
Source: Richard A Lawhern, PhD, Patient Advocate