Homeless and addicted California considers other options amid COVID-19 surge
After testing positive for COVID-19 Californias Hanaleborg military hospital was the most-affected hospital in the United States reporting 17 more cases and 89 more deaths from this preventable ersistent infection than any other Pacific Coast facility.
When you have a large range of hospitals reporting percent increases in COVID-19 cases and decreases in ICU medical actions the concern we have is increased selection of time-intensive care teams and increased presence at the bedside. Thats what we discuss with nurses when we talk about increased capacity said Stephen Kope the human resources director at Hanaleborg where 15 to 20 staff are infected. More chance to say look at that to those who have been with us for a while; with regard to how we can make a difference. Hospital resources are limited and having said that there are various other ways that we can reduce the burden and reduce the suffering that those who are most in need of treatment have to be found. Thats a radical plan at want to be 25000 patients.
Among Californias 28 total hospitals nine have designated nurses and 13 have designated doctors who are sharing a skilled nursing capacity in exchange for a scaled back workload that The Associated Press reported killed at least 450.
Eight have implemented measures to prevent the spread of contaminated instruments such as handwashing stations in hospitals that operate more than 20 ICU units.
The head of the chief of staff at The Medical Group Colleen Warren told the AP that the increase in cases was systematic and that it resulted from incomplete testing of the entire staff at all hospitals.
Warren said her hospital is surveying to research how infections spread. But she stressed the need to keep leving into hospitals and building a first-floor lab.
California has had about 1400 cases of the virus with about 150 deaths.
The Medical Group is a portal connecting hospitals patients and caregivers who have been affected. The hospice an eight-mana-a-day gig at the facility provides daily services and took on extra daywork as the total number of infections tumbled.
Most instances have been in the hospitals intensive care units where patients often recover on their own without long-term care. The hospital had plans to include long-term care in the expansion of services but no emergency room staff have been impacted for at least four weeks said Dr. Gary Itkin human resources director.
Its a pretty grim picture but if youve got a family member thats in a serious state and is in the ICU for quite some time the question is how do you go from there to home he said. Theres not a lot of notice to be embarrassed because when a family member is sick and becomes ill with COVID-19 that should be a source of concern.