NHS hospitals are running out of vital equipment during the ongoing winter crisis, an investigation has found.
And patients have been left to lie on mattresses and trolleys in corridors as they wait for beds to become free in some hospitals.
Life-saving equipment including ventilators, pumps to administer drugs and oxygen cylinders are just some of the necessary tools running low in hospitals, according to the Guardian.
Other necessities like pressure-relieving mattresses and pillows are also running low, with one nurse describing pillows as “like gold dust” to find.
Southmead hospital in Bristol has faced shortages of syringe drivers – used to give drugs to dying patients – drip stands, infusion pumps to insure patients get the right doses of medication, oxygen cylinders, and pressure-relieving mattresses that help to prevent bed sores.
Internal emails also showed the hospital’s chief executive, Andrea Young, has warned medics about shortages of face masks which limit the spread of infection.