HOUSTON, Nov. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – With estimated flu cases up 23% from last year, healthcare providers across the United States are bracing for the worst as conditions are preparing for a “twinemia” when a wave of influenza and a wave of COVID-19 collide this winter. In addition to urging all eligible people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and influenza, hospital administrators across the United States lease and maintain medical equipment at record rates from US Med-Equip to treat the influx of patients expected in the coming months.
The rate and timing of US Med-Equip (USME) ventilator orders has previously been an indicator of what to expect in each flu season. Cases of respiratory illnesses caused by the flu typically begin to increase exponentially in November, increase during the holiday months, and peak until the end of February.
Amid prolonged and astonishing pressure on medical staff and budgets, hospitals are turning to trusted partner USME – the fastest growing supplier of respiratory, neonatal, infusion and other medical devices – to strengthen their stocks of vital equipment before the annual flu epidemic strikes. The Houston-based company partners with the nation’s top hospitals for the rental, sale, service and asset management of mobile medical equipment ranging from patient monitors and ventilators to newborn incubators, etc.
USME serves thousands of hospitals, taking 24/7 orders for the rental of mobile medical equipment that a hospital may need depending on the number of patients expected or admitted at that time.
“While we are all hoping for a mild season with a low number of cases and as few hospitalizations as possible, healthcare providers do not wait for the flu to return before securing and maintaining equipment to be ready to help the wave of patients heal, “said Greg Salario, CEO of US Med-Equip.
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Peak influenza activity in the United States by month for the 1982-1983 to 2019-2020 influenza seasons
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