The rapidly rising tide of new coronovirus cases is flooding emergency rooms in parts of the United States, with some moving into hallways and nurses working in extra shifts to keep patients on the rise.
Officials said patients struggling to breathe are being placed on ventilators in emergency wards, as intensive care units are full, with officials saying they have frequent care workers overtaking the chest, which Are treating more specific ER cases such as pain, infections, and fractures.
In Texas, Dr. of the Boiler College of Medicine Alison Haddock said the current situation is worse than the situation after Hurricane Harvey, which saved Houston from floodwaters in 2017. For the fourth consecutive day.
“I haven’t seen anything like this COVID boom,” said Headcock, who has worked in emergency rooms since 2007. “We are doing our best, but we are not the ICU.”
Patients wait for “hours and hours” to be admitted, she said, and the least ill are lying in beds in the hall to make room for the most seriously ill.
Around Seattle, which was the nation’s first hot spot for the virus causing COVID-19, a new wave of patients is appearing in emergency departments, said nurse Mike Hastings.
“Hastings is really frustrating when a patient comes to the emergency department, and doesn’t really have symptoms of COVID, but they feel like they need that test,” said Hastings, who is from a region Works in the hospital and is President of the Emergency Nurses Association. “Sometimes we are not able to test them because we don’t have enough test supplies, so we are only testing a certain group of patients.”
According to a tally at Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 14 million confirmed coronovirus cases worldwide and close to 600,000 deaths. On Friday, the World Health Organization reported a day-long record of new infections at more than 237,000. The true toll of the epidemic is considered high, due to shortcomings in testing and deficiencies in data collection.
The United States, Brazil and India top the list of cases. South Africa – with 337,000 cases, accounting for nearly half of all confirmed infections in Africa – was poised to be among the top five countries affected by the epidemic.
In the United States, where infections are on the rise in many sunbelt states, Megan Zehen, associate professor of epidemiology at the Arizona State University at Tempe, said monitoring emergency room visits is important because the rise may indicate that the virus is more Is spreading rapidly.
But in many places it is difficult to get a complete picture of how emergency rooms are being rented. In Arizona, one of the few states that report data confirming or suspecting COVID-19 symptoms to the emergency room, the numbers began declining in early June and peaked earlier this month. . On July 7, more than 2,000 people went to the ER with coronovirus symptoms in a single day.
Dr. Robert Hancock, who works in several hospitals in Texas and Oklahoma and serves as president of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians, said some emergency rooms in Texas are facing backups of patients awaiting ICU beds Huh. And many of them are on ventilators, which means they require more attention than other patients.
“Unfortunately, due to the increasing demand for personnel, there is usually no one free to come down to the ER to help many times from any nursing standpoint,” he said.
Burnout can await these health workers, as did some in New York City, when it was the epicenter of the nation’s outbreak in the spring.
Dr. of Presbyterian / Columbia University Medical Center, New York. Bernard P. Chang said emergency room doctors and nurses caught the guard due to the relentless influx of seriously ill patients during shifts that often lasted 12 hours.
“You were on high alert throughout the shift,” Chang said. “It was a brutal, constant battle.”