With more patients than beds, Queen’s Medical Center-West Oahu declares emergency

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Amid rising hospitalizations and a critical staff shortage, Queen’s Medical Center-West Oahu has declared a state of internal emergency as admissions exceed the number of available beds, officials said. managers Monday afternoon.

Jason Chang, chief operating officer of Queen’s Health Systems, said the statement implements a series of protocols aimed at relieving the facility.

There are 104 beds in the hospital, and at 3 p.m. Monday it was at 112% capacity.

In the emergency room, there were 58 patients and 16 inpatients “waiting”.

Additionally, Chang said, there were 96 vendors due to COVID.

“It is important to note that QMC-West is not closed,” Chang said in a statement. “Area residents should always go to the West Oahu hospital if they have an emergency. “

The hospital made the last emergency declaration in August, at the height of the Delta wave.

The Omicron wave, with a record number of cases but fewer severe cases, presented different challenges. But officials warn that staffing remains one of the biggest threats facing hospitals.

As of Monday, 324 people statewide were hospitalized with COVID, reports the Healthcare Association of Hawaii. Of these, COVID was the reason for hospitalization of 291 patients.

Meanwhile, officials say hospitals are full for a number of reasons, including delayed care.

This story will be updated.

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