Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-08-05 12:38:00 –
Nashville, Tennessee (WSMV)-Vanderbilt University Medical Center announced Thursday that it will begin rescheduling a limited number of scheduled inpatient treatments until the current wave of the COVID-19 virus is tightly controlled. did.
The hospital system also requires masks to be worn in the hospital’s indoor areas, including non-clinical areas, regardless of vaccination status.
Dr. C. Wrightpinson, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Systems Officer, announced in a memo sent to staff.
“In the last 18 months, we’ve learned a lot of lessons about how to keep patients and each other safe while managing hospitals and clinics as efficiently as possible during a pandemic,” writes Pinson. “Despite the experience we currently have, the limited number of inpatient treatments scheduled at our adult hospitals will be re-released until the current wave of the virus becomes more tightly controlled. I found that I needed to start the schedule. “
In less than four weeks, the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s seven-hospital system was treating 10 patients admitted with COVID-19, Pinson said. On Thursday, there are 83 patients in the hospital system, primarily due to the Delta variant.
“Almost all COVID inpatients we care about right now are not vaccinated,” Pinson wrote. “Data on the efficacy of COVID vaccines continue to show that each protects against serious illness, hospitalization and death.”
According to Pinson, the majority of COVID patients are now of all ages, unlike last year when they were old. The overall severity of their illness increased and the length of stay increased.
“We are experiencing this increase at the same time as the increase in hospitalizations associated with the trauma season. Increased trauma is the usual increase in traffic in the adult emergency department, staffing challenges in the clinical field, and As the demand for surgical services grows, it is affecting our operations, “Pinson wrote. “National, the ability to hire hospital workers is more difficult than ever, and Nashville is no exception.”
While Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital faces these challenges, Vanderbilt’s Monroe Karel Junior Children’s Hospital has experienced record hospitalizations through seasonal changes in pediatric viral diseases such as respiratory syncytial virus. increase.
“As a result, our hospital is full,” writes Pinson.
To assist with volume-related issues, the Vanderbilt University Medical Center is in contact with local EMS providers regarding adult emergency volume and with other regional hospitals regarding the lack of beds available for transfer. increase.
“What we are learning in this fourth wave is that vaccination limits serious illness and hospitalization, but is not so effective in reducing the risk of infection and the likelihood of spreading the virus to others. That’s not the case, “Pinson wrote. “Our top priority is to protect patients and each other, which means that even if vaccinated, additional precautions are needed.”
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