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PeaceHealth St. John's emergency division faces excessive volumes in Longview – The Every day Information


Amid “extremely high volumes” at its emergency department, PeaceHealth St. John Medical Middle is asking sufferers to hunt care within the “most acceptable setting.” 

Whereas the emergency division is at all times out there for life-threatening or emergent medical points, sufferers needing look after minor points are strongly beneficial to contact their physician or go to an pressing care clinic, PeaceHealth wrote in a Wednesday Fb put up. 

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The hospital is not experiencing a new unusual uptick in volumes, which have been excessive for a while, stated Michelle Gisby, PeaceHealth spokeswoman. The group meant to remind sufferers to make use of the emergency division appropriately to assist decrease volumes and wait instances, she stated. 

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“We’ll by no means flip away a affected person from our emergency division. It’s at all times open to serve the group,” she stated. “Nevertheless, we need to ensure that sufferers who want the extent of care that solely an emergency division can present are in a position to get in rapidly.” 

Common wait time is dependent upon the affected person’s situation, and people with life-threatening or emergency circumstances will probably be seen first, Gisby stated. Sufferers with much less severe wants will wait longer. 

There isn’t any one purpose for the excessive volumes, Gisby stated. The hospital is seeing a mixture of sufferers with severe sickness and accidents, in addition to those that want care however might presumably be served extra rapidly elsewhere, she stated.

Right now, the excessive volumes aren’t immediately linked to COVID-19 or the flu, Gisby stated. PeaceHealth St. John had 9 COVID sufferers Friday, with one within the ICU. 

St. John’s inpatient census has additionally remained excessive, with 111 sufferers as of Friday morning. That quantity would traditionally common round 85 to 90, in accordance with PeaceHealth. 

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Statewide, hospital occupancy has remained about 90% or increased for greater than a 12 months, in accordance with Division of Well being knowledge. From January to mid-August 2021, hospital occupancy ranged from the low-to-mid-80s.

As of mid-September, 91.4%, 44,066 of 48,232 staffed beds, had been crammed. About 7% of these beds had been taken up by 3,292 COVID-19 sufferers, down from 12% in mid-July. 

Statewide, COVID-19 hospitalizations could also be rising, with 5.6 per 100,000 recorded from Sept. 13 to Sept. 19, up from 4.9 earlier within the month. 

Cowlitz County’s COVID-19 hospitalizations have remained above the state common, with 9 per 100,000 recorded from Sept. 13 to Sept. 19. 


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