How COVID-19 Impacts Hospitals for Everyone
As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continue to rise in the United States, the virus is creating a problem that doesn’t just impact people suffering from COVID-19: with hospitals filling up, the pandemic is also creating risks for people who visit hospitals for other issues, including car accident victims.
COVID-19 on the Rise
While many Floridians have done their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks and avoiding large gatherings, new cases continue to develop in Florida. COVID-19, a respiratory virus that cause symptoms such as fevers, breathing difficulties, and loss of smell and taste, can affect anyone, though elderly people and people with compromised immune systems are at the highest risk. Some people may recover from mild cases at their own home, but severe cases of COVID-19 may require emergency hospitalization. As numbers continue to rise this winter, so do the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19.
Problems and Stress for Hospitals
If cases continue to spike, this could put intense pressures on hospitals. An influx of COVID-19 cases could take up most of a hospital’s beds and resources, and put a heavy strain on medical personnel. Doctors, nurses, and other hospital workers may be working longer than usual hours, performing work outside of their normal scope, or be feeling overwhelmed due to the pandemic. Issues like these create risks not just for the hospital personnel and their mental health, but for hospital patients, whether they are COVID-19 patients or at the hospital for another reason, like for surgery after a car accident. The lack of space could lead to patients facing dangerous delays while awaiting necessary treatment, while understaffing and burnout among staff can create issue such as:
- Inadequate training
- Miscommunications among staff
- Poor documentation
- Equipment failures
Stay Alert and Aware
During these difficult and unprecedented times, most hospital workers are doing their best to fight back against the pandemic while helping all patients. However, it’s still important to be aware of these issues and the warning signs of a medical error or negligence. And if you know a doctor or nurse in your life, don’t forget to thank them for all their hard work!
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