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Oklahoma Hospitals full of COVID-19 patients – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma 2021-01-13 15:38:34 –

Tulsa, Oklahoma — The hospital feels at the mercy of the impact as cases of COVID-19 continue to grow here.

“The entire state is basically in Tier 3, which means that 20-39% of the available staff beds are occupied by COVID patients,” said Matt Stacy, OSDH Surge Plan Advisor.

Hospital capacity varies from hour to hour each day and is difficult to identify.

Matt Stacey is a COVID-19 surge planning advisor to the Oklahoma Department of Health.

“We work closely with the Oklahoma Hospital Association, which represents the majority of hospitals in the state, to develop plans and work directly with the hospital’s CEO to determine the location of the intervention. “Stacy said.

(Oklahoma surge plan)

The Tier 3 plan looks like this:

  • Hospitals are supposed to cut some surgery
  • Specialized surgery and post-acute care facilities can accommodate patients who do not require immediate care.
  • States demanding catastrophic health emergencies
  • Gives the governor the option to issue an executive order that reduces selective procedures by 50%.

So far, the governor has not issued the order due to concerns about future patient outcomes.

“As of today, the hospital is still performing selective surgery and continues to be able to do it,” Stacy said.

KJRH viewer Coy Wilson and his wife have been waiting for more than 12 hours to enter the ER at a local hospital.

Wilson’s wife was suffering from COVID-like symptoms.

“They already said that there were no COVID beds available, it was them, the COVID beds are what they call them,” Wilson said.

Fortunately, Wilson’s wife tested negative for the coronavirus, but he says he is concerned about the length of time he has to wait for care and the lack of beds.

St. Francis is currently treating a record 269 COVID patients in the hospital system as of the week leading up to January 8.th.. Hillcrest Hospital was treating a record 132 COVID patients as of the same week, with a hospital capacity of nearly 98%. 30-35% of beds in OSU Medical Center are filled with COVID patients.

He told Shawnee’s St. Anthony’s doctor that he saw the state see zero beds available.

“After making that list, I realized it was like,” Oh, this is bad. ” No one has a bed anywhere, “said Dr. Carlos Cabrera Jr.

According to Stacey, most of the decisions about reducing procedures or adding beds are currently left to the hospital, but if things get worse, there is space in specialized healthcare facilities.

“We are ready to make stronger interventions as needed, but certainly we want to limit as much as possible, but we want to influence the freedom of the Oklahoma people to continue their lives and give them We want to guarantee that we have the resources to treat them when they become infected with COVID, “Stacy said.



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