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ICU teams coping well with critical demand

The Queensland Intensive Care Network is working together to ensure the demand on ICU beds is managed following the Ravenshoe café explosion.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said Queensland hospitals were coping well with the emergency, given the number of patients requiring intensive care.

“There are currently 16 vacant ICU beds available in the South East corner,” Dr Young said.

“Six people have so far been brought to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) burns unit for treatment.

“Another two people will be aero-medically retrieved today and admitted to the RBWH burns unit 

“Seven of these eight people are in a critical condition, with one in a serious condition.

“Another patient in Cairns is also in a critical condition.

“A total of 20 people remain in Queensland hospitals as a result of the explosion.”

Dr Young said the Ravenshoe explosion had triggered the largest aeromedical retrieval of burns patients Queensland had ever conducted.

“Due to the number of patients who require intensive care treatment as a result of the explosion, other patients may have their treatment impacted,” she said.

“Patients may have to be moved to other hospitals to ensure they get the best possible care.

“This will have an impact on other hospitals in the South East corner particularly, and may go on for some weeks.

“However, I can assure people that if they need care in a hospital they will get an appropriate bed and appropriate treatment.

“If there is another tragedy where we require high numbers of burns beds we will call on the Ausburn network which involves hospitals all over Australia supporting and assisting each other to ensure optimum care for patients.”

Dr Young said she hoped Queenslanders would understand if there was some inconvenience while they were in hospital, and praised staff for their commitment and hard work during this time.

In the Far North, the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS) is providing specialist mental health services including assessment, treatment and support to individuals across the affected community, as required.

The CHHHS is working collaboratively with other government and non- government agencies to provide a coordinated, localised and effective response through the implementation of the local community recovery plan.

Last updated: 11 June 2015