Sara Dalmasso is General Manager and Vice President at Omnicell International. Here she reflects how automating the medication management process can support hospitals during the COVID-19 second wave.
New figures from the government show that more than 10,000 patients are now being treated in UK hospitals with coronavirus, with nearly 1,000 of them on ventilators.
Although the number is yet to reach the 20,000 seen at the height of the first wave of the pandemic earlier this year, the figure is rising. In fact, numbers have continued to grow beyond those seen during the first peak in isolated regions. For example, Liverpool University Hospitals Foundation Trust had the highest number of beds occupied by coronavirus patients in England on 27 October at 450, according to NHS England data - followed by Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust in Greater Manchester which had 290.
Additionally, in Nottinghamshire, which has been subject to Tier 3 lockdown restrictions, the number of hospitalisations is 40 per cent higher than those seen in April. According to statistics from Nottinghamshire County Council, 361 beds across the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System (ICS) were occupied by coronavirus patients as of 27 October.
Separate figures published by the UK's statistics agencies for deaths where coronavirus has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have now been 61,000 deaths involving the virus in the UK.