Due To Covid, Providence Hospital Must Decide Who Has Best Chance To Survive

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Providence Says People Are Waiting In Car Parking Lot To Get Emergency Care 


Hospital Begins Officially "Rationing" Vital Assistance 

Mid-September 2021 

The Alaska hospital system has officially moved into a brand new level of danger. The coronavirus pandemic began over a year and a half ago, yet to this point, Alaska's few city hospitals (which serve the entire state) have always been able to cope.

But now it's too late. The hospitals are on medical "high alert" for the very first time, as this tsunami of Covid sweeps over the state, the nation and the world. 

Alaska's main hospital, Providence Hospital in Anchorage, says it is now "rationing" care. Which means they are going to have to pick and choose which people to help, based on how likely their patients are to survive if they are assisted by medical staff. 

Providence says they are now making "difficult choices" on who gets care.

This week, 202 people were hospitalized with Covid around the state -- ten times more than the 20 or so that were hospitalized only two months ago. 30% of the adults hospitalized at Providence have Covid, according to the hospital. 

Providence's chief of staff wrote in a public document on the standards of care:

"We are faced with a situation in which we must prioritize scarce resources and treatments to those patients who have the potential to benefit most."

The hospital told the New York Times that patients are having to "wait in their cars" to see a doctor, or to have basic emergency care. 

There's concern (as state medical personnel have been warning for weeks) that people who have been hurt in car wrecks, or who have heart attacks or other dangerous incidents to deal with will not receive care.

The hospital wants the public not to do "dangerous activities" and warns that Alaska is facing a "catastrophe." 

Even routine dialysis, a life-saving and necessary process for some, may also be affected, they said. 

Alaska is one of the most vaccine-resistant states in the Union according to the New York Times. In the Copper Valley, CRNA reported that 60 residents were known to have contracted Covid in the first two weeks of September, 2021, as cases rise everywhere. 

Alaska joins Tennessee, Wyoming, Kentucky and West Virginia as having the "worst outbreaks in confirmed cases per capita" according to the New York Times's Covid tracker. The issue of not being able to serve the sick is a national one. Many states can't provide care at this point due to the pandemic. 

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