Omaha and Lincoln medical systems worried about high number of hospitalizations

Due to home testing, cases of COVID-19 could be vastly underreported. But the statistic you can count on is the number of hospitalizations. Right now, doctors say these numbers are cause for concern. “The capacity is, is very, very high right now,” said Dawn Isaacs, director of nursing at Bryan Health. From Omaha to Lincoln, hospitals are overflowing. “We’re really at our limits,” said Cory Shaw, COO of Nebraska Medicine. He told KETV COVID-19 that hospitalizations had increased by about 30% since Christmas Eve. “Well over 90% of patients admitted to hospital are not vaccinated,” Shaw said. patients in need – patients who could be any of us. “Normally we would always take a patient… ‘We have an area called bed control, which is really like air traffic control,” Isaacs said. As of Monday afternoon, Nebraska Med had about 20 patients waiting in the emergency room. for the beds. “They’re not getting the care they typically would get if they were in a hospital bed,” Shaw said. Part of the problem at this hospital? Some 300 staff are not at work because they themselves, or someone in their home, have tested positive for COVID-19. Shaw said. At Bryan Health, the waiting list is in double digits. Isaacs said his goal is to s ‘ensure patients do not have to wait more than 24 hours for a bed. But the hospital is not at this stage yet. Hospitals are still delaying some procedures, but say it is not viable to long term, ”Isaacs said.

Due to home testing, cases of COVID-19 could be vastly underreported. But the statistic you can count on is the number of hospitalizations. Right now, doctors say these numbers are cause for concern.

“The capacity is, is very, very high right now,” said Dawn Isaacs, director of nursing at Bryan Health.

From Omaha to Lincoln, hospitals are overflowing.

“We’re really at our limit,” said Cory Shaw, COO of Nebraska Medicine.

He told KETV COVID-19 that hospitalizations had increased by about 30% since Christmas Eve.

“Well over 90% of patients admitted to the hospital are not vaccinated,” Shaw said.

One of the biggest hurdles is finding a bed for all the patients who need them – patients who could be any of us.

“Normally we would always take a patient… well, today they’re on the waiting list right away, you can’t take that patient right away,” Isaacs said.

At Bryan Health in Lincoln, Isaacs said finding open beds was straining an already strained hospital system.

“We have an area called bed control, which is really like air traffic control,” Isaacs said.

As of Monday afternoon, Nebraska Med had about 20 emergency room patients waiting for beds.

“They’re not getting the care they typically would get if they were in a hospital bed,” Shaw said.

Part of the problem at this hospital? Some 300 staff are not at work because they themselves, or someone in their home, have tested positive for COVID-19.

“It creates a risk that the more damage is done to our community or to individual patients the more we delay things,” Shaw said.

At Bryan Health, the waiting list is in double digits. Isaacs said his goal is to make sure patients don’t have to wait longer than 24 hours for a bed. But the hospital is not there yet.

Hospitals are still delaying some procedures, but say it’s not sustainable in the long term.

“We are starting to see the need for these surgical patients to actually receive their care instead of delaying it,” Isaacs said.

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