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Sat Nov 14, 2020, 08:25 PM

Running out of room: St. Louis hospitals forced to turn away patients from rural areas as COVID

Running out of room: St. Louis hospitals forced to turn away patients from rural areas as COVID cases soar


HOUSTON, Mo. A 48-year-old married father of five, worried about his worsening headaches, walked Monday afternoon into the small emergency room at Texas County Memorial Hospital.

Nurses discovered he had a quickly growing and dangerous mass in the middle of his brain, said hospital CEO Wesley Murray. The man needed surgery at a high-level trauma center.

For the next 25 hours, frantic nurses called every Missouri health center they could. They even called hospitals as far as Memphis, Tennessee; Little Rock, Arkansas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Omaha, Nebraska, Murray said, but they were unable to find an intensive care bed open.

The man was losing consciousness. His blood pressure was increasing. Finally, a University of Iowa hospital was able to handle his case, sending a small plane to pick him up at nearby Fort Leonard Wood.

Read more: https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/state-and-regional/running-out-of-room-st-louis-hospitals-forced-to-turn-away-patients-from-rural-areas/article_0e17fc93-3e67-5a49-9a33-0b346618b5c3.html

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Reply Running out of room: St. Louis hospitals forced to turn away patients from rural areas as COVID (Original post)
TexasTowelie Nov 14 OP
underpants Nov 14 #1
Budi Nov 14 #2
Laelth Nov 14 #3
Indykatie Nov 14 #4

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Nov 14, 2020, 08:36 PM

1. Good god.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Nov 14, 2020, 08:41 PM

2. I'm reading that same scenario about med facilities across the country.

This is tragic, and its only the beginning of this fall spike.


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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Nov 14, 2020, 08:45 PM

3. It's going to get much worse. n/t



-Laelth

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Nov 14, 2020, 08:59 PM

4. Some People Think This Lack of Hospital Beds and Resources Can Only Happen in NYC

We were warned this would happen if we didn't control the spread of COVID. This scenario is occurring all over the country.

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