OC sees largest one-day increase in hospital admissions as county health officials build field hospitals Voice of OC

Sky-high hospital admissions of the coronavirus in Orange County saw a record jump on Wednesday, with an increase of 115 people in one day, with county public health officials now deploying field hospitals to ease the burden.

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On Wednesday, 1,486 residents of the county were hospitalized, including 319 people in intensive care units – the highest level this year.

On Tuesday, 1,371 people were hospitalized, including 296 in intensive care.

Gavin Newsom said in a press conference Wednesday that OC’s deteriorating situation, along with Southern California, forced him to adjust the ratios between nurses and patients in the ICU, from one nurse for two patients to one nurse for three patients.

“We have to be creative, we have to temporarily, very shortly … look a little different in terms of staffing,” Newsom said at a news conference on Tuesday. “So just stretching resources.”

But the statewide nursing association, the California Nurses Association, immediately sounded alarm bells.

“If we want to reverse those standards now, we have to exercise patience with the patient. It means that we do not have time to respond to each patient’s rapidly changing circumstances, to monitor their subtle circumstances. That could mean that they have one more day or die the next, ”said union chairman and registered nurse Zenei Cortez at a news conference on Wednesday.

Dr. Charles Bailey, the medical director of St. Joseph Hospital and the medical director of Infection Prevention at Mission Hospital, said the change in patient ratio is not ideal, but is necessary to deal with the rising hospital admissions.

“It certainly wouldn’t be recommended or allowed outside of a crisis situation. But given the limited resources, namely experienced IC nurses, it is a step that is necessary. The nurses are supported by other staff – patient care technicians and in some cases LVNs who can perform a number of tasks that do not require the RN. It is a necessary step, a temporary step. It’s something that has been done before, ”Bailey said in a telephone interview on Wednesday.

In a press release late on Tuesday, the regional health agency said they are rolling out field hospitals to ease the burden on hospitals.

“The OC Health Care Agency will deploy mobile field hospitals (MFHs) at local hospitals this week to support the Orange County (OC) health care system as it responds to an increase in COVID-19 patients. AAC hospitals can obtain emergency exemptions from the California Department of Public Health to request use of MFH facilities, ”the report reads.