Patients Stranded in Emergency Rooms as Hospitals Fill Up

Mish

The scramble is on for hospital beds in Covid hotspots.

In Arizona, Florida, and Texas, Hospitals Beds Are Rapidly Filling Up. In Houston, 273 patients all wait for a single available bed.

As the pandemic pushes U.S. hospitals in the South and West near capacity, the urgent need for available beds has stranded patients in emergency rooms, scrambled ambulances and forced patients to relocate hundreds of miles to relieve overcrowded wards.

In Arizona, hospitals are using a statewide transfer center to move 30 to 50 patients between hospitals each day, according to the director of the state’s Department of Health Services. In Florida, hospital giant HCA Healthcare Inc. isn’t accepting patients transferred from other overflowing hospitals. In Houston, the daily hunt for empty beds has left critically ill patients to wait hours or days in emergency rooms for vacancies.

A dozen Houston-area hospitals had a combined 273 patients holding in emergency rooms for an empty bed Tuesday, including about 40 in need of intensive care, said Darrell Pile, chief executive of the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council, which tracks bed availability and helps hospitals coordinate transfers. “This disaster beats all disasters,” he said.

In Laredo, Texas, a surge in new Covid-19 infections was overwhelming the city’s hospitals, which were running out of inpatient beds, medical equipment and health-care workers to treat patients, said Victor Treviño, Laredo’s Health Authority.

Emergency Actions

  • Arizona requires hospitals that have capacity to accept patients from its state transfer coordination center, said Cara Christ, head of Arizona’s Department of Health Services. 
  • In Florida, HCA Healthcare said last week it would limit scheduled surgeries and cancel those that could safely be postponed.
  • In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott halted surgery across four counties, including Harris County, which is home to Houston. Since then, intensive-care occupancy across the county’s hospitals has increased to 98% from 92%, SETRAC data show. Mr. Abbott later expanded the number of counties subject to the order.

Cases and Deaths

New Cases 2020-07-16

"Just Like The Flu" Except 

This is just another one of those just like the flu "except" stories except for one thing: "Except" does not matter.

If any of these people die, please note that 100% of them would have died eventually anyway.

Besides, Texas is not as bad as New York. If and when Texas catches up to New York, that will not matter either because of rights.

What About Rights?

  • The rights of people to infect others must be preserved. 
  • The rights of people to not be infected by others is nonexistent. 

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Comments (121)
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Jojo
Jojo

Stop the constant fear mongering or there will be more of this!

‘I can’t keep doing this’: Small-business owners are giving up.
Gabriel Gordon shuttered his popular barbecue restaurant in California after the state saw a resurgence of coronavirus cases and imposed new restrictions.
By Emily Flitter
July 14, 2020

Lance Manly
Lance Manly

At least it is only infecting young people who don't get sick \s @Jojo how is just relaying the latest news fear mongering? Inside dining is inherently dangerous activity during an outbreak because it is in an enclosed area with AC recirculating the air. You can't wear a mask and eat at the same time.

Felix_Mish
Felix_Mish

Comment went to a black hole. Frustration-plus.

https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/texas

Click "Hospital resource use". Then click "ICU beds".

Felix_Mish
Felix_Mish

IHME ICU data, raw death numbers, Kinsa's "Observed" fever percentages, and Google's "mobility" data pretty much sum up all informative data I've found available.

I ignore all "Covid 19" numbers. They are for statistics specialists and click-bait.

JonSellers
JonSellers

No worries Mish. Everybody knows it will go away in the summer. The President said so.

Realist
Realist

Yesterday G7 numbers - New cases:new deaths

Population (6 country total vs USA) 450:330 million

Japan 288:2

Germany 486:4

France 416:20

Italy 162:13

UK 538:85

Canada 343:12

6 country total 2233:136

Texas 12,235:154

USA 71,750:1001

After 4 months, the other members of the G7 are doing a great job of keeping the spread at very low levels. They are now safely opening their economies. It will be much easier for those countries to control the inevitable surges in cases that will occur as they re-open. They should be able to weather the storm until vaccines are available next year.

By comparison, the US is out of control. The US economy cannot properly function with an out of control pandemic spreading through the country. Where is the leadership from Trump? I guess he is too busy golfing.

jtc1101
jtc1101

Such painful waits for hospital beds were common in Ontario, pre-Covid-19.

Anda
Anda

This is an alternative view from UK

I just include it for the polemic it represents. To actually disprove that there is not some kind of major manipulation occuring is I think beyond most people, we would need a detailed understanding of the care system. Even excess mortality is not a guarantee of what has occurred.

I don't go as far as subscribing to the above, I just ask :

If this were really the case, would we be any the wiser too it ?

It is global, so no ? However if you consider that hospital community is both partly group think and closed environment , that medical profession is naturally cautious and often follows concensus ?

There is no point anyone now throwing down a myriad of reports to prove the contrary, because I don't doubt that the virus has caused a certain destruction. I don't doubt that it is dangerous. What is missing is a sense of proportionality, and what is missing is that many people have lost the sense of cynicism they usually have, probably because when it comes to human suffering they will automatically be called careless or insensitive for even considering from a critical viewpoint.

ToInfinityandBeyond
ToInfinityandBeyond

The covidiots are getting more and more desperate.

njbr
njbr

It was a bolt from the blue that was predicted to happen some day.

It happened.

By now, it should be clear that it has morphed into a Trump/GOP-led, man-made disaster in the US.

The current Trump/GOP mode is minimize the appearance, cover-up and concealment.

Ignore the lump under the carpet.

You will note that there is almost no mention or discussion of the long-term effects on some people--which will be long-term high-cost tail on this epidemic.

njbr
njbr

Meanwhile in other news....

China's economy returned to modest growth in the second quarter of 2020 and reverted from the first contraction on record in the first quarter this year, as COVID-19 eases and policymakers announced economic packages, official data showed Thursday.

The world's second-largest economy grew by 3.2 percent in April-June from a year earlier, reversing a 6.8-percent decline in the first quarter...The poll [of economists] also forecast that China will be the only major economy to experience positive growth this year.

Dodge Demon
Dodge Demon

Get busy living or get busy dying.

PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

If you ever wondered what it would be like to have an ignorant bigoted President, you are experiencing it in real time right now...

Montana33
Montana33

Houston has more hospital beds per capita than most cities due to medical schools. The next 3 to 4 weeks are locked in to be horrible. Testing is falling apart due to inadequate supplies. Our economy is doomed until we make the necessary investments to control this virus. We cannot thrive economically with a raging virus that destroys our health systems and damages healthy people in unpredictable ways.

Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett

"The rights of people to infect others must be preserved.
The rights of people to not be infected by others is nonexistent. "

...

If I hear another covidmoron mention Sweden ...

Swedes respected others rights.

No comparison to US.

WildBull
WildBull

The CDC says that the IFR is 0.26%. Covid deaths in NY are 0.167%. They are close to herd immunity there. Good for them. They will be able to end the craziness soon, although the Blue governor will try not to let that happen.

NewUlm
NewUlm

The southern states had 3 months since NY / NJ to set-up sanitarium wards which have been effective in the past, putting C19 patients in rooms is highly inefficient and leading to the shortages and spread within the hospitals - the continued stupidity of ALL levels of government/health provides is beyond comprehension.

Side note, talking to my ER doc friend the PNW is next - early interventions were effective at bending the curve but R0 rates are creeping back over 1, so the fall will be our turn, sadly.

Realist
Realist

The US appears to be a wonderful place for a pandemic to spread without much opposition. While other countries are successfully reducing the spread of the virus, the US seems set up to encourage the spread of the virus. Here are a few reasons why the US cannot get the virus under control.

  1. An inept president who refuses to lead his nation to do the right things.

  2. A political system where the two sides hate each other so much, they cannot work together to fight this threat.

  3. A disparate and disjointed health care system that is more concerned with profits than people. The lack of national coordination in health care is a major impediment to fighting this virus. Spending twice as much on health care as other countries actually gets you less in the US.

  4. A country full of people who believe their individual rights to do as they please are more important than the rights of others to live in a safe environment.

  5. A country where a large percentage of the population rejects scientific experts and are easily open to believing conspiracy theories such as ”vaccines are bad”.

  6. A country which thinks it knows better than any other country, and will not follow the example of other countries, which have already reduced the spread of the virus. It’s the American way or nothing.

jivefive99
jivefive99

This really kinda messes with the whole "keep government out of my life" motif, doesnt it? How can someone follow the libertarian path when so many other uncaring, irresponsible people follow the libertarian path with you, and end up killing you because you all have a paralyzing fear of losing your rights because of .... a piece of cloth?

Montana33
Montana33

We never did shut down. Planes kept flying and commuter trains kept running and many businesses that were not truly essential stayed open. Now we are out of control because we couldn’t properly modify behavior for 6 weeks and millions refuse to protect their neighbors and families by wearing masks.

frozeninthenorth
frozeninthenorth

On the bright as a number of cases per million the US is still only in 4th place --the top 10 list, which are, in order: Chile, Kuwait, Peru, USA, Panama, Singapore, Sweden, Belarus, Brazi, Saudi Arabia, and Belgium

Granted the US seems to be doing everything to become #1...what's this thing with you Americans aways wanting to be #1?

BTW I will never again criticize a horror movie where the blond girl with big breasts goes into the darkroom after her boyfriend has been killed...cleary that is America now, "let's see how many of our citizen we can kill by being selfish and stupid (aka the dumb blond from above).

The only country in the world (ok with Britain and Sweden)!

Dodge Demon
Dodge Demon

Speaking of hospitals’ ICUs filling up, 66 shot in Chicago this weekend. Many clogging up the suburban hospitals.

Jackn
Jackn

This for a perspective:
Population Deaths

NY 19000000 32500

Tx 28000000 3600

FL 21000000 4500

GA 10000000 3100

AZ 7000000 3200


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