Wichita, Kansas 2021-01-13 08:20:28 –
Wichita, Kansas (NBC News Channel) – Oxygen supply is very low at COVID-19 hotspots across the country.
Hospital managers in Arizona and California report up to four times the pre-COVID rate of oxygen usage.
This was initially an unexpected resource depletion for medical staff, and one doctor told reporters that oxygen deficiency didn’t even think the staff needed to worry. In some cases, oxygen is completely depleted and staff are competing for resources.
“The COVID people admitted that they were just sitting in triage chairs and didn’t even have a bed. They said,” This is our last oxygen tank, it’s like portable oxygen. ” did. We were able to scramble and find more because it was on my radar at either of my hospitals, but you know within our system, “said West Valley ER. Doctor Brandon Lawrence said.
On the streets of Los Angeles, there are restrictions on emergency medical care that allows patients to even receive oxygen after a new order from an LA County emergency medical service agency.
Arizona’s Banner Healthcare System, which treats many of the state’s COVID patients, says their oxygen use has increased by 30 percent since last year.
The Cobble Valley Medical Center in Grove, Arizona states that it uses up to four times as much oxygen as normal.
The biggest concern lies in small hospitals, which can be completely exhausted and struggle to replenish resources.
Some doctors told KPNX news that they were afraid of having to get ration care right away, basically deciding who would get life-saving care and who wouldn’t.
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