Some Kansas City area hospitals, facing their biggest influx of coronavirus patients since the pandemic began, are refusing ambulances because their beds are already filled, according to a leading doctor at St. Luke’s Health System.
On Wednesday night, eight metro hospitals and emergency departments reported such high volumes of patients that they temporarily stopped accepting ambulances, Marc Larsen, Operations Director of Saint Luke’s COVID Response Team, said in a phone interview Thursday.
Two of the eight were part of the St. Luke’s system, according hospital spokesperson, who did not identify the other medical centers.
As of 1 p.m. Thursday, five were still diverting ambulances for all who weren’t in most critical need, such as stroke, heart attack and trauma patients, Larsen said. When this happens, alternative care areas accept the patients instead.
“We’re bursting at the seams in the metropolitan area, and really across the state and the region,” said Larsen, who is also an emergency physician.
Everything I have read says this is the start of a really bad expansion of of the Covid virus sickness and death. We know that the republican governors have hidden and skewed the numbers, especially here in Florida where the Speaker of the state House chamber is now saying the numbers are fake, and lower than reported. As he is about to lose his seat. We have a government that doesn’t care if the people get sick, they don’t care if getting sick causes the people to rack up bills they can never pay and will ruin their credit, and really thinks sick people dying is an inconvenience to the government. All lives matter? Really? Hugs
OT. I am going back to bed soon. Ron wants me to stay up until six pm. I have been sick and also in a lot of pain. I can only seem to sit in my desk chair for about an hour before I have to go lay down. Last night four hours after going to bed I found my self vomiting. I woke up in horrible stomach pain and my body drenched in sweat. Ron thinks I have a stomach ulcer. It has been happening more and more often, and at first we thought it was a stomach bug, but the last few weeks I have been breaking out in horrible sweats with a lot of pain in my belly leading to sometimes vomiting. Remember I take a lot of pain medications, one reason I sleep so much, so for the pain my belly area to not only wake me but be really bad it has to be extreme. When it happens it feels like my gut is expanding too fast and can not hold everything in it. When I had this years ago they did a upper and lower GI, they found my stomach is really sensitive to pressure. I would eat and an hour or a few hours later throw up. They thought my stomach was not automatically sending the food on to the intestines. But the problem cleared up, so we did not follow up on it. Then it was happening in the day mostly in the afternoon. Now it is happening at night, about four hours after I go to bed. That is why Ron thinks I am eating too late, too much, and going right to bed, which I do because I get very tired after eating. ( I wake a lot and get up very early. This morning I woke at 2 and got up at 3. ) Any way that is why I have not been on line much or done much stuff. But have no fear, I will soon be back to terrorizing your blogs with my ranting comments soon. If Ron has his way I will be on a diet of bland puddings and tasteless food, while he hides my hot sauce. Anyway. Best wishes to all. Keep safe, follow the Covid guidelines as this is going to get really bad fast. Hugs