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35 Examples of Overrun Hospitals Before COVID

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35 Examples of Overrun Hospitals Before COVID

Remember life before COVID-19? No? Apparently most people don’t remember, or simply weren’t aware of how hospitals have operated before the pandemic and how they have operated for a long time. Hospitals are built to run at capacity to be economically efficient.

For the past 18 months we have been inundated with news that hospitals are completely overwhelmed because of COVID-19 patients, blaming those who did not follow the lockdowns. Now the media has a new target: the unvaccinated.

The current wave of hospitalizations is a new weapon the media and experts use to urge people to get vaccinated and to bring in vaccine passport mandates, because the vaccine reduces severe symptoms and death in most patients.

But what about before, what was it like? We’ve compiled a list of 50 examples of overrun hospitals before the pandemic. It turns out it was a very common thing, and no one was to blame, and no extra security measures or precautions were brought into place because of it.

From January 2020, months before anyone even know what COVID-19 was:

“Overcrowding has become so common in Ontario hospitals that patient beds are now placed in hallways and conference rooms not only at times of peak demand, but routinely day after day, research by CBC News reveals.”

From 2018’s flu season:

Surgeries postponed due to severe flu cases overwhelming Toronto ICU

“The 2017-2018 influenza epidemic is sending people to hospitals and urgent-care centers in every state, and medical centers are responding with extraordinary measures: asking staff to work overtime, setting up triage tents, restricting friends and family visits and canceling elective surgeries, to name a few.”

The 2018 Flu Is So Bad That Hospitals Are Treating Patients in Parking Lots

Normal ICU capacity:

“Tampa General has 146 ICU beds year-round. During normal, non-COVID-19 times, our ICU runs at about 92 percent”

Countless other examples:

Swine Flu Might Overwhelm Hospitals in 15 States

BRITAIN’S hospitals are facing a winter crisis similar to that of two years ago when the NHS came close to collapse, senior doctors have warned.

“In Illinois, 24 hospitals struggling to cope with the flood of flu cases had to turn away people arriving in the emergency department, while in Pennsylvania, the Lehigh Valley Hospital outside Allentown has set up a tent for people who arrive with less-severe flu”

Widespread flu activity has left hospitals overwhelmed with patients. But high emergency room volumes and filled hospital beds are “not uncommon” for this point during flu season, state officials said.

“Emergency rooms are at breaking point,” François Braun, head of France’s Samu-Urgences de France ambulance group, told AFP on Wednesday. “All regions of France are affected.”

Health officials in Southern California are warning the public that the current flu season is so intense that some hospitals are rerouting patients due to their increasingly limited capacity. From Laguna Beach to Long Beach, emergency rooms were struggling to cope with the overwhelming cases of influenza and had gone into “diversion mode,” during which ambulances are sent to other hospitals

Flu drives hospitals into ‘war zone’ conditions: Tents on the street in California, ‘state of emergency’ in Alabama, and Boston is using GATORADE to plug shortage of IV drips

Extra storage for dead bodies:

The Stark County coroner in Canton had a “cold storage mass casualty trailer” trucked-in on Saturday because the morgue was overflowing with bodies.

Lorry used as mortuary as ‘flu strikes hospitals

Hospitals are using refrigerated lorries as temporary morgues to cope with a sharp increase in deaths caused by the flu outbreak.

Several more times hospitals have been overrun:

Hospitals ‘full to bursting’ as bed shortage hits danger level

“The whole system is under stress and Hamilton Health Sciences is no exception,” said president Rob MacIsaac. “We are constantly operating on the edge. There is no slack left in the system. Zero.”

Flu-stricken patients waiting for rooms are lined up on gurneys in the halls. Others wait, then wait some more before being seen by a doctor.

“We had to postpone 10 pre scheduled/elective surgeries that would have had to occupy a bed post surgery to accommodate the surge,” wrote hospital CEO David Musyj in a memo to staff.

Many Edmonton hospitals are operating at more than 100 per cent capacity because of the surge of patients needing admission. In Calgary, occupancy is above 100 per cent in major hospitals and over 100 per cent on certain medical units.

The hospital’s average occupancy rate was just over 106 per cent between 2012 and the end of last year; it peaked at 120.8 per cent in the winter of 2015.

In video from one emergency room, not only was every single room full but patients lined the hallways and were being treated in both gurneys and in chairs. Similar conditions were observed in other hospitals.

Hospitals say spike in flu cases across GTA leading to ‘dangerous’ overcrowding.

Hospital bed occupancy rates hit record high risking care

Toronto hospitals turn away ambulances

NHS bosses sound alarm over hospitals already running at 99% capacity

Doctors from across the province say 19 of the busiest emergency rooms have chronic shortages, resulting in stretched staffing and poor patient care.

“The emergency department was overwhelmed. There were no stretchers. There were no staff. Everybody was working beyond their max.”

From 23 April to 8 May, the 277 new cases overwhelmed the capacity of the hospital system to care for all patients in negative pressure rooms.

“On a day-to-day basis, most hospitals lack bed capacity and are severely understaffed, especially in their EDs and ICUs”

‘Worried well’ overload gives taste of pandemic scenario

Swamped hospitals fear an ER emergency – Los Angeles Times

Hospitals in England told to put operations on hold to free up beds

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