This week, Cherokee Nation Well being Companies activated its COVID-19 surge plan for W.W. Hastings Hospital.
The surge plan for Well being Companies concerned buying and allocating assets for the flexibility to offer care through the pandemic within the occasion that the well being system exceeded the boundaries of their regular infrastructure. Because the variety of COVID-19 circumstances have elevated over 8,200 since March the well being system has skilled an amazing variety of hospitalized sufferers within the Intensive Care Unit.
“Again in March, our group began engaged on a surge plan within the occasion that we began reaching our hospital mattress capability,” Government Director Dr. R. Stephen Jones stated. “Not too long ago, we have had challenges when transferring sufferers to different services as a result of their very own capability limitations. After we are full and when our accomplice services are full, now we have to behave to proceed caring for our sufferers.”
“W.W. Hastings Hospital started reaching its capability of 49 beds in early November and with the elevated variety of circumstances has turn into overwhelmed,” Jones added.
The surge plan has allowed an elevated capability of roughly 50% to the ICU beds within the hospital. Because the surge progresses, the well being system could also be required to interact employees from different Cherokee Nation outlying well being facilities to help in caring for hospitalized sufferers with COVID-19.
“We’re using all of our assets to help on this surge,” stated Jones. “It’s our mission to proceed offering high quality care to our sufferers whereas retaining them near residence. We perceive that it places stress on households when their family members aren’t cared for regionally. Our well being management is consistently monitoring our present capability and waiting for determine when to provoke the subsequent part.”
W.W. Hastings Hospital Chief of the Hospitalist Division Dr. Seth Yandell urged the neighborhood to do their half to stop the unfold of COVID-19 because the hospital’s ICU beds are full on practically a every day foundation.
“Having personally handled over 400 sufferers hospitalized with pneumonia attributable to Covid-19, I’ve seen the bodily and emotional influence of this illness. I’ve seen sufferers struggling to breathe who had no historical past of lung illness, smoking, or different points to beforehand have an effect on their means to breathe. I’ve seen the influence of getting to ship sufferers residence on oxygen with continued shortness of breath, that for a lot of sufferers can be a lifelong situation. I’ve held affected person’s arms whereas explaining that we wanted to place them on a ventilator to attempt to save their life. I’ve needed to ship the horrible information to households that their family members didn’t survive regardless of all attainable therapies being given. I’ve needed to watch my employees wrestle with the despair and the sensation of helplessness when regardless of each attainable effort being made their affected person’s situation continued to worsen they usually did not survive. I’ve grieved the lack of a colleague, mentor, and good friend, who did not survive his struggle with Covid-19,” Yandell stated.
“Now we have warned our communities in regards to the risks of neighborhood unfold and the influence it might have on our well being system. Now we have requested residents to often wash their arms, put on masks and social distance. Overwhelming our well being system is one thing now we have desperately tried to keep away from,” stated Chief of Employees Todd Enlow. “I urge everybody to maintain protected for the sake of those that look after us.”
Within the midst of the implementing the surge plan, Cherokee Nation Well being Companies started its first part for vaccinating in opposition to COVID-19.
“The vaccine does carry us hope as we transfer ahead but it surely’s necessary to know that the vaccine alone won’t finish the pandemic, however it’s one other layer of protection on high of masks, social distancing and all the opposite security measures now we have in place,” Government Medical Director Dr. Roger Montgomery stated. “As a result of we at the moment have a restricted variety of doses, we’re ensuring that our most weak populations reminiscent of healthcare employees, first responders, and people who are excessive danger are being recognized and contacted to obtain the vaccine first. We’re planning to obtain extra vaccine in order that we will vaccinate every tier group because it turns into obtainable.”
For extra info on the COVID-19 vaccine and different associated matters, go to health.cherokee.org.