California hospitals facing oxygen supply shortage, causing some to declare ‘internal disaster

California hospitals facing oxygen supply shortage, causing some to declare 'internal disaster'

Southern California hospitals, already overwhelmed by 新冠病毒 patients, are now facing a new problema shortage of oxygen, 根据一份报告.

Officials say they’re having trouble getting the necessary amount of oxygen to critically ill coronavirus patients, with supply issues causing at least five Los Angeles County hospitals to declare aninternal disaster” 在星期天, which included turning away ambulances.

The shortage of oxygen isn’t the only problem, 官员说. There’s also a lack of canisters, as well as aging hospital pipes that are breaking down and can’t maintain sufficient pressure due to the huge amounts of oxygen needed to keep up with the high number of patients, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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An unidentified patient receives oxygen on a stretcher outside the CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, 十二月. 18, 2020. (美联社)

An unidentified patient receives oxygen on a stretcher outside the CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, 十二月. 18, 2020. (美联社)

博士. Christina Ghaly, 洛杉矶. County health services director, said because of a high flow through the pipes, they freeze, “and obviously, if it freezes, then you can’t have good flow of oxygen.

One of the hospitals facing oxygen issues is Memorial Hospital of Gardena, 关于 13 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.

Chief Executive Kevan Metcalfe said the hospital is low on oxygen, and if it runs out, it could result in “深, deep trouble,” 根据《泰晤士报》. Coronavirus patients generally need 60 至 80 liters of oxygen a minute, while other patients may receive six liters per minute.

The oxygen problems come as Los Angeles County has seen a recent surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

星期二, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health 宣布 that more than 7,000 COVID-19 patients were currently hospitlaized with the virus, 与约 20% of those in the intensive care unit.

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The number of hospitalizations reported Tuesday was nearly a 1,000% increase from two months ago, health officials said. With more patients potentially on the way, officials worry the problem could get worse.

Our health care workers are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients and this current path of surging COVID-19 hospitalizations is not sustainable,” said Barbara Ferrer, 洛杉矶. County‘s public health director.

She urged residents to stay home instead of attending a party this New Year’s Eve.

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Even if you believe your life isn’t at risk, actions that defy public health guidance certainly put other lives in danger,” Ferrer said. “Make ending this deadly surge part of your New Year’s resolution.

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