We’re used to stress in the ER. But omicron has made our jobs impossible.

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    • #467307
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      One small example: There are not enough emergency medical technicians. As a result, a patient might wait more than 12 hours for transportation after they are ready for discharge to a nursing facility or back home. That patient waits in a bed that could be used for someone with chest pain that might be a blood clot, belly pain that might be appendicitis, or a broken arm that needs pain meds.

      Of course, this isn’t just about the coronavirus. Rather, the pandemic has laid bare the myriad inefficiencies and frank failures in our health-care system that we had managed to paper over until a real crisis came along. Emergency departments and hospitals have worked on a thin edge for a decade. We have been the last resort for mental health and dental care; we have routinely asked nurses, doctors and techs to work overtime during swells of trauma patients or influenza; we have tolerated threats and violence against our co-workers in the name of providing care. We have served as the safety net for a broken system. But with the serial surges of covid, we simply can’t do it anymore.

      Two years in, and our health-care workers and systems have been beaten down, again and again. At no point have we stopped to take stock of how we survived the last wave, much less what’s needed to withstand another one. So let me be clear to my colleagues: This is not our fault. Our exhaustion and frustration are valid. We can’t change this alone.


      We already have answers on how to fix and rebuild. They’re straightforward things, like subsidizing the training of more staff across all levels of the health-care system — from unit assistants to certified nursing assistants to physicians — and providing emotional and financial support for those who have stayed. They’re more complex steps, like setting up a public health emergency response system that is robustly funded, based on accurate data and resilient. And they’re big-picture things, like making sure that people can access care when and where they need it, and that our testing infrastructure, telehealth system and home-care network are intact. Ultimately, we also need to change the system’s incentives, so that prevention of a hospital stay is valued as much as end-stage treatment is.

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    • #467310
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      I remember nurses complaining about intentional short staffing back in the 1980s.

      • #467529
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        It’s all about chasing corporate profits. The fact that we have lost over 500K beds since the 70s while the population increased should say it all. You would think that the 2018 influenza spike that created hospital bed and staffing shortages for a month would have been a wake-up call. So, here we are 2 years into a pandemic with no plan, no relief, and no universal health care. The state we are in is all on the political and donor class who have engineered the current crisis for their own financial gain.

    • #467325
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      It’s also healthcare for profit. My ex was a nurse – there used to be only 3 or 4 patients per nurse. Now it’s seven or so.

    • #467334
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      As long as corporations or equity firms own hospitals the

      only thing that count is PROFIT. The stress felt by health

      providers is decades old, and any bug or virus becoming

      prominent will increase it.

    • #467366
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      the EMT guy over at SV – probably over 10 years ago – who was 100% against single payer health care (his screen name was some riff on the term EMT). Went on and on, in every thread. Even HE didn’t have health insurance, and still thought it was better on a systemwide basis, that the US didn’t have single payer. Sigh, whatev.

      Sadly, he later got sick. He had a tumor, and had neglected to get it checked by a doctor. By the time it got big enough that he couldn’t ignore it, it was too late. He had awful pain, as I recall, and did – at the end – understand why single payer/universal health care was necessary. But he died shortly after this.

      The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

    • #467372
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      Omicron is bullshit. Most of human society’s problems can be attributed to capitalism.

      • #467389
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        Capitalists don’t want anybody to see it or think it, but it is capitalism which caused this health care problem lifetimes ago! 

        But no, it’s a common cold virus’ fault, not the system’s. That’s really an absurd thing to think from a materialist point of view.

        Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

        The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      … an ambulance staffed with EMTs for discharged  patients. Either these patients should be able to use some sort of non- emergency transportation, or they should not be discharged. I know that’s not the gist of the article, but there really should be some sort of medi-cab system or similar available here.

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      for not agreeing to accept gene therapy.

    • #467982
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      They have cut THOUSANDS of beds in every state, closed hospitals, etc. Laying off staff RIGHT NOW.

      Take it up with them, not with the public, BezosPost.

      The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

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