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ERs Are Swamped with Seriously Ill Patients, Although Many Don’t Have Covid

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By Kate Wells | 29 October 2021

KHN/NPR (MICHIGAN RADIO) — Inside the emergency department at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan, staff members are struggling to care for patients showing up much sicker than they’ve ever seen.

Tiffani Dusang, the ER’s nursing director, practically vibrates with pent-up anxiety, looking at patients lying on a long line of stretchers pushed up against the beige walls of the hospital hallways. “It’s hard to watch,” she said in a warm Texas twang.

But there’s nothing she can do. The ER’s 72 rooms are already filled.

“I always feel very, very bad when I walk down the hallway and see that people are in pain, or needing to sleep, or needing quiet. But they have to be in the hallway with, as you can see, 10 or 15 people walking by every minute,” Dusang said.

The scene is a stark contrast to where this emergency department — and thousands of others — were at the start of the pandemic. Except for initial hot spots like New York City, in spring 2020 many ERs across the country were often eerily empty. Terrified of contracting covid-19, people who were sick with other things did their best to stay away from hospitals. Visits to emergency rooms dropped to half their typical levels, according to the Epic Health Research Network, and didn’t fully rebound until this summer.

But now, they’re too full. Even in parts of the country where covid isn’t overwhelming the health system, patients are showing up to the ER sicker than before the pandemic, their diseases more advanced and in need of more complicated care. […]

3 Comments on ERs Are Swamped with Seriously Ill Patients, Although Many Don’t Have Covid

  1. When covid made its debut and up until the vax was rolled out I knew of NO deaths or illnesses in my circle..Only 2 cases of elder neglect that led to death, 2 who died of cancer but Covid was put on their death certificate. After the jujab rolled out I know of 4 confirmed deaths, 3 suspected because they were sudden without pre existing conditions but I can’t confirm, 2 cases of shingles, 5 cases of a severe flu, 1 with headaches so terrible he had MRI testing etc…and counting….

  2. Typical of MSM “reporting,” this NPR piece blames hospital overcrowding on everything but vax adverse reactions, though many of the cited conditions could be directly related. No, it’s not all because of delayed care as the article claims. Care has been available for over a year.

    It also doesn’t mention that thousands upon thousands of nurses, doctors and other hospital workers have left service due to vax mandates.

    “Nothing to see here, move along,” says yet another explainer/propaganda piece. Shameful.

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