Some major hospital systems in California have postponed the selection process because the influx of COVID-19 patients strains resources and fears that there will be a further surge after the holidays.
As of Saturday, the total number in California has increased to 19,237 infected patients, and the hospital is transferring patients to take advantage of all available space. This is another record, an increase of nearly 300 from the previous day. The number of hospitalizations for the Coronavirus in the Bay Area increased by 39 to 1,869, a record high. This goes against the hope of at least one day and the hope for the regional plateau is slim.
The statewide average utilization rate of intensive care units remained at zero percent on Sunday, reflecting the need to invest in “emergency”
Facing the increasing patient burden, Kaiser Permanente stated that it has postponed “selective and non-emergency” operations and procedures at its Northern California facility until January 4, although the delay does not apply to “cancer cases or other emergency/emergency operations” and procedure” . The health system operates 39 hospitals across the state and 21 in Northern California.
According to the health system, the Kaiser Hospital in Southern California has postponed non-emergency elective surgery until January 10 (except for cancer) and “has not scheduled any new elective surgery before the end of January.”
According to the Associated Press, Sutter Health has 24 hospitals in Northern California and is also delaying some elective surgeries. A spokesperson for Sartre declined to provide detailed information on Sunday, but said that the system “has a coordinated response capability throughout the network that can prepare and respond to patients’ emergencies,” which may include delaying certain procedures.
A spokeswoman said on Sunday that the Good Samaritan Hospital and Regional Medical Center in San Jose are also canceling selective non-emergency surgery, “so we can focus on handling all emergencies, including COVID and non-COVID, and at the same time ensure The safety of all patients. ”
Spokesperson Sara Sherwood said that the space in the regional medical center is so narrow that some non-COVID-19 patients have to wait in the “safe area” of the hospital in order to double the room or prepare a new room. She said that COVID-19 patients were “triaged immediately.”
Kaiser officials said their medical center was still open and urged patients to contact their doctors regarding “continuous care needs.” Kaiser said, “We will reschedule the selection process as soon as possible while ensuring that it is feasible, while ensuring the safety of all our patients and employees.”
The worst-hit areas of the state-Southern California and the greater San Joaquin Valley-still did not reach zero percent of the ICU on Sunday, and the hospital reported that patients were placed outside the ICU. In theory, the state’s permanent orders in these two regions may expire on Monday, but in reality, it is certain that these orders will be extended given the severe situation.
In the larger area of Sacramento, the capacity of the intensive care unit (ICU) was 17.8% on Sunday, again rising above the 15% threshold, but it did not last long enough to prevent the area from being on standby at home. Northern California is the northernmost county in California and the only area with no standby missions, with an availability of 28.3%.
The California Department of Public Health said in a statement on Sunday: “We cannot fully emphasize the urgent need for all Californians to stay at home as much as possible.” “Doctors, nurses and health care workers are doing everything possible to treat every one who walks through the door.” Of patients, whether they have COVID-19 or other serious medical conditions. We know how hard this is for each of us, but we must do our part by staying at home, because this is indeed us The only way to save lives.”
Kaiser officials said they are “closely monitoring” the availability of intensive care beds. They have a surge capacity, so hospitals can accommodate more patients than usual.
“Our command center will continue to monitor the situation carefully,” the Caesar official said.
Senior author Lauren Hernández of San Francisco Chronicle contributed to this report.
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