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Amid coronavirus pressure, Mayo Clinic places ER beds in ambulance storage

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A prime govt with the Mayo Clinic Well being System on Tuesday stated that amid ongoing, excessive numbers of coronavirus-related hospitalizations and strained capability, plenty of beds had been put in an ambulance storage. 

Dr. Richard Helmers, regional vp of the Mayo Clinic Well being System in Northwest Wisconsin, informed Fox Information the state of affairs is “fluid,” however there are occasions when all 5 hospitals within the well being system are full.

The setup is not used for coronavirus patients

The setup shouldn’t be used for coronavirus sufferers (Courtesy of Mayo Clinic Well being System)

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“With restricted hospital beds accessible, we frequently must maintain sufferers in our emergency division longer than regular,” Helmers wrote in an e-mail. “We’ve got positioned 4 emergency beds in our ambulance storage at Mayo Clinic Well being System in Eau Claire to accommodate busy durations within the emergency division, and we have now used these beds prior to now week.”

The setup shouldn’t be used for coronavirus sufferers, he stated.

The beds have been used in the last week. 

The beds have been used within the final week.  (Courtesy of Mayo Clinic Well being System)

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“Whereas this isn’t excellent, it is a clear, heated house the place we’re capable of safely take care of sufferers with much less critical accidents or situations,” he stated. “We’ve got extra house recognized in a seating space contained in the division the place we will place beds if wanted.”

The seating space shouldn’t be a public space, he stated.

Additional, sufferers are separated by cubicles whereas ready for care within the ready room.

Booths separate patients in the waiting area. 

Cubicles separate sufferers within the ready space.  (Courtesy of Mayo Clinic Well being System)

“Mayo Clinic Well being System wish to guarantee the general public that we stay open for emergency and trauma care, and sufferers who require emergency medical care mustn’t hesitate to hunt it,” Helmers concluded.

The feedback comply with information from nearly two weeks in the past that hospitals throughout the Mayo Clinic Well being System within the northwest area of Wisconsin reached 100% capability, native outlet WQOW reported. The Mayo Clinic Well being System operates hospitals in Barron, Bloomer, Eau Claire, Osseo and Menomonie, per the outlet. 

On the time, an estimated 50% of sufferers in intensive care models had COVID-19, whereas coronavirus sufferers occupied 40% of the system’s medical or surgical beds. 

“The general public urgently must deal with COVID-19 because the well being emergency it’s to forestall the well being care system from being overwhelmed. We’re pleading for everybody’s assist to put on a masks and comply with all public well being pointers to restrict the unfold of this illness,” hospital officers had stated in an announcement. 

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Fox Information’ Madeline Farber contributed to this report.

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