Missouri hospital leader worries area will be ‘next New York’ as 8 hospitals halt ambulance admissions

” Were rupturing at the seams in the metropolitan area, and truly across the state and the region,” Marc Larsen, MD, emergency situation doctor and operations director of the COVID action team at Kansas City-based Saint Lukes Health System, told the Kansas City Star.

” Statewide hospitalizations continued to eclipse previous records,” according to a Missouri Hospital Association newsletter sent earlier in the week. Pittsburg, Kan.-based Ascension Via Christi Hospital stated Oct. 14 it was stopping briefly optional and nonemergent procedures due to the fact that of capability concerns.

Saint Lukes Health System had more than 100 COVID-19 patients Oct. 13, a record number. In May and June, the hospital system balanced 15 virus patients a day, increasing to 50 in July and August. In the first 2 weeks of October, the system balanced 85 clients a day, according to Dr. Larsen. The company is transforming some preoperative and healing spaces into extensive care systems as COVID-19 client volume increases.

Saint Lukes Health System had more than 100 COVID-19 clients Oct. 13, a record number. In May and June, the health center system averaged 15 virus clients a day, increasing to 50 in July and August. In the first two weeks of October, the system balanced 85 patients a day, according to Dr. Larsen.

Eight Kansas City, Mo.-based medical facilities and emergency situation departments needed to refuse ambulances the night of Oct. 14 because they strike capacity, according to the Kansas City Star..

As of 1 p.m. Oct. 15, five health centers were still diverting ambulances for clients who werent in important condition, Dr. Larsen stated.

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” I fret that if we do not begin taking this seriously as an urban area, were going to be the next New York,” Dr. Larsen said. “Were going to be the next location, due to the fact that though we have a lot of health centers, we have a great deal of capability in the location, we are filling up quickly.”.

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Two of the 8 health centers belonged to the Saint Lukes system, a hospital spokesperson told the publication, however did not recognize the other medical centers.

Gabrielle Masson –
Friday, October 16th, 2020
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