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Canadian ICU feels crush amid variant-driven COVID surge

Nurses finish proning a COVID-19 patient inside the intensive care unit of Humber River Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada April 19, 2021. Ontario's hospitals and ICUs have been crushed by a punishing third coronavirus wave, as depleted resources and overworked staff push Canada's healthcare system - often held up as a model for the rest of the world - to the brink.

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Nurses finish proning a COVID-19 patient inside the intensive care unit of Humber River Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada April 19, 2021. Ontario's hospitals and ICUs have been crushed by a punishing third coronavirus wave, as depleted resources...more

Nurses finish proning a COVID-19 patient inside the intensive care unit of Humber River Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada April 19, 2021. Ontario's hospitals and ICUs have been crushed by a punishing third coronavirus wave, as depleted resources and overworked staff push Canada's healthcare system - often held up as a model for the rest of the world - to the brink. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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A respiratory therapist successfully performs chest compression on a COVID patient who had lost vital signs. By April 22, ICUs in Ontario, Canada's most populous province, had 800 COVID-19 patients, with such admissions at the highest point since the pandemic began.

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A respiratory therapist successfully performs chest compression on a COVID patient who had lost vital signs. By April 22, ICUs in Ontario, Canada's most populous province, had 800 COVID-19 patients, with such admissions at the highest point since the...more

A respiratory therapist successfully performs chest compression on a COVID patient who had lost vital signs. By April 22, ICUs in Ontario, Canada's most populous province, had 800 COVID-19 patients, with such admissions at the highest point since the pandemic began. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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A respiratory therapist and six nurses prepare to prone a COVID patient. Patients are coming in younger and sicker, driven by more highly transmissible virus variants. Hospital staff say they are seeing whole families infected due to transmission at front-line workplaces that have remained open through lockdowns and stay-at-home orders.

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A respiratory therapist and six nurses prepare to prone a COVID patient. Patients are coming in younger and sicker, driven by more highly transmissible virus variants. Hospital staff say they are seeing whole families infected due to transmission at...more

A respiratory therapist and six nurses prepare to prone a COVID patient. Patients are coming in younger and sicker, driven by more highly transmissible virus variants. Hospital staff say they are seeing whole families infected due to transmission at front-line workplaces that have remained open through lockdowns and stay-at-home orders. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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A man suffering from COVID-19 gives the thumbs up that he is prepared to be intubated inside the ICU. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A man suffering from COVID-19 gives the thumbs up that he is prepared to be intubated inside the ICU. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A man suffering from COVID-19 gives the thumbs up that he is prepared to be intubated inside the ICU. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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Nurses communicate through the glass door of an isolation room of a COVID patient. Raman Rai, manager of the ICU at Toronto's Humber River Hospital, said she has never seen such a volume of critical care patients. The hospital has redeployed staff, is treating people in "unconventional spaces," and is stretching resources so a nurse who might have been responsible for one or two patients now has three, Rai said. "We have already gone over capacity," she said. "How much more can we stretch?"

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Nurses communicate through the glass door of an isolation room of a COVID patient. Raman Rai, manager of the ICU at Toronto's Humber River Hospital, said she has never seen such a volume of critical care patients. The hospital has redeployed staff,...more

Nurses communicate through the glass door of an isolation room of a COVID patient. Raman Rai, manager of the ICU at Toronto's Humber River Hospital, said she has never seen such a volume of critical care patients. The hospital has redeployed staff, is treating people in "unconventional spaces," and is stretching resources so a nurse who might have been responsible for one or two patients now has three, Rai said. "We have already gone over capacity," she said. "How much more can we stretch?" REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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A healthcare worker removes a COVID patient from machines after they died inside the ICU. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A healthcare worker removes a COVID patient from machines after they died inside the ICU. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A healthcare worker removes a COVID patient from machines after they died inside the ICU. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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A Humber River Hospital nurse shows her cracked hands from constant washing and sanitizing. Exhausted staff are pulling overtime shifts and doctors are bracing for the tipping point no one wants to talk about: The activation of a "triage protocol" that will dictate who gets critical care when there isn't enough for everyone who needs it. Ontario's Ministry of Health did not respond when Reuters asked what criteria would activate that protocol.

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A Humber River Hospital nurse shows her cracked hands from constant washing and sanitizing. Exhausted staff are pulling overtime shifts and doctors are bracing for the tipping point no one wants to talk about: The activation of a "triage protocol"...more

A Humber River Hospital nurse shows her cracked hands from constant washing and sanitizing. Exhausted staff are pulling overtime shifts and doctors are bracing for the tipping point no one wants to talk about: The activation of a "triage protocol" that will dictate who gets critical care when there isn't enough for everyone who needs it. Ontario's Ministry of Health did not respond when Reuters asked what criteria would activate that protocol. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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A card left by family members of a COVID patient is pictured inside the intensive care unit. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A card left by family members of a COVID patient is pictured inside the intensive care unit. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A card left by family members of a COVID patient is pictured inside the intensive care unit. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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Healthcare workers gather around an isolation room to watch as a COVID-19 patient dies while nurses and doctors tried to keep them alive with CPR. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

Healthcare workers gather around an isolation room to watch as a COVID-19 patient dies while nurses and doctors tried to keep them alive with CPR. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

Healthcare workers gather around an isolation room to watch as a COVID-19 patient dies while nurses and doctors tried to keep them alive with CPR. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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Olivia Coughlin, a registered healthcare social worker, calls the family of a coronavirus patient who died inside the intensive care unit. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

Olivia Coughlin, a registered healthcare social worker, calls the family of a coronavirus patient who died inside the intensive care unit. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

Olivia Coughlin, a registered healthcare social worker, calls the family of a coronavirus patient who died inside the intensive care unit. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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A healthcare worker cleans the room of a coronavirus patient who was transferred to another floor. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A healthcare worker cleans the room of a coronavirus patient who was transferred to another floor. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A healthcare worker cleans the room of a coronavirus patient who was transferred to another floor. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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Nurses perform a wellness check of a COVID patient. The provincial government has promised more ICU beds and requested medical staff from other provinces.

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Nurses perform a wellness check of a COVID patient. The provincial government has promised more ICU beds and requested medical staff from other provinces. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

Nurses perform a wellness check of a COVID patient. The provincial government has promised more ICU beds and requested medical staff from other provinces. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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Nurses waiting outside help the team working inside the isolation room of a COVID patient. Ramping up vaccinations targeting high-risk communities will help bring the third wave under control, experts said. But that will not relieve the immediate pressure on hospitals.

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Nurses waiting outside help the team working inside the isolation room of a COVID patient. Ramping up vaccinations targeting high-risk communities will help bring the third wave under control, experts said. But that will not relieve the immediate...more

Nurses waiting outside help the team working inside the isolation room of a COVID patient. Ramping up vaccinations targeting high-risk communities will help bring the third wave under control, experts said. But that will not relieve the immediate pressure on hospitals. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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A respiratory therapist and six nurses prone a coronavirus patient. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A respiratory therapist and six nurses prone a coronavirus patient. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A respiratory therapist and six nurses prone a coronavirus patient. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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A nurse runs with equipment needed to treat a coronavirus patient. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A nurse runs with equipment needed to treat a coronavirus patient. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A nurse runs with equipment needed to treat a coronavirus patient. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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The team leader nurse gets updates from another nurse while they treat coronavirus patients. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

The team leader nurse gets updates from another nurse while they treat coronavirus patients. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

The team leader nurse gets updates from another nurse while they treat coronavirus patients. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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A respiratory therapist checks on the welfare of coronavirus patient. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A respiratory therapist checks on the welfare of coronavirus patient. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A respiratory therapist checks on the welfare of coronavirus patient. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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A respiratory therapist checks a COVID patient inside the intensive care unit. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A respiratory therapist checks a COVID patient inside the intensive care unit. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A respiratory therapist checks a COVID patient inside the intensive care unit. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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A respiratory therapist and nurses prepare a ventilator to treat a COVID patient. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A respiratory therapist and nurses prepare a ventilator to treat a COVID patient. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A respiratory therapist and nurses prepare a ventilator to treat a COVID patient. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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A nurse performs a wellness check of a coronavirus patient. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A nurse performs a wellness check of a coronavirus patient. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A nurse performs a wellness check of a coronavirus patient. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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A nurse passes instruments to the team working inside the isolation room of a coronavirus patient. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A nurse passes instruments to the team working inside the isolation room of a coronavirus patient. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A nurse passes instruments to the team working inside the isolation room of a coronavirus patient. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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A nurse is reflected in a window as she puts on personal protective equipment to treat a coronavirus patient. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A nurse is reflected in a window as she puts on personal protective equipment to treat a coronavirus patient. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A nurse is reflected in a window as she puts on personal protective equipment to treat a coronavirus patient. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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A nurse on loan from the operating room department takes a moment to look out of a window while redeployed to help coronavirus patients inside the intensive care unit. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A nurse on loan from the operating room department takes a moment to look out of a window while redeployed to help coronavirus patients inside the intensive care unit. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A nurse on loan from the operating room department takes a moment to look out of a window while redeployed to help coronavirus patients inside the intensive care unit. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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Nurses check the charts of two COVID patients. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

Nurses check the charts of two COVID patients. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

Nurses check the charts of two COVID patients. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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Nurses perform a check of a coronavirus patient as morning comes. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

Nurses perform a check of a coronavirus patient as morning comes. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

Nurses perform a check of a coronavirus patient as morning comes. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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