The ongoing surge in positive COVID-19 cases has caused a significant equipment shortage, resulting in health systems needing to borrow critical medical devices from outside their network.

A Kansas City Hospital said they had to borrow ventilators from another state’s stockpile after struggling to handle an increase of COVID-19 cases because of the highly infectious Omicron variant.

Liberty Hospital’s chief medical officer Dr. Raghu Adiga said they had to use ventilators from Missouri’s stockpile and are still searching for more high-flow oxygen machines because the hospital struggling amid an increase of COVID-19 cases.

HCA Midwest Health chief medical officer Dr. Kim Megow said the state has been moving around ventilators across Kansas City hospitals to try and accommodate the 255 COVID-19 patients.

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