ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) — A St. Louis girl spent days in an space hospital after ready hours within the emergency room and on a gurney within the hallway resulting from a surge in COVID instances.
Khoshekh Penrose informed Information 4 she spent three days as a “boarder” at St. Clare Hospital in St. Louis County, as a result of the hospital was overwhelmed with a number of sufferers.
Earlier this week, throughout a St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Activity Power assembly, Dr. Aamina Akhtar, chief medical officer for Mercy Hospital South, described “boarders” as individuals with acute sicknesses who’re admitted into hospitals, however spend time in hallways or areas that are not designed to essentially present one of the best take care of sufferers.
Penrose stated she usually goes to St. Clare Hospital as a result of the wait is shorter. She went a number of days after Christmas for a septic kidney an infection. She added she’s been coping with continual kidney infections for the final yr or so.
“I had a fever of 103 at one level, and I used to be not thought-about a precedence,” Penrose stated. “After I went to St. Clare this time, that they had a 9-hour wait. This was very excessive for them. They weren’t prioritizing sufferers until there was a extreme state of affairs.”
Penrose stated the employees at St. Clare hospital tried to ship her to Saint Louis College Hospital, however that hospital would not take her as a result of it was overwhelmed as properly. She stated she wanted to be cared for by a urologist, however St. Clare assigned an infectious illness physician to deal with her, in addition to pulling different employees members from completely different departments.
“I used to be on a gurney within the hallway,” she added. “It was actually fascinating to see the nurses being like ‘I am sorry I am taking so lengthy, I do not know the place issues are.’ By the point I left St. Clare, they have been telling–the nurses have been telling me about how I used to be one of many fortunate ones that I finally did get a mattress in a room whereas I used to be boarding, however there have been sufferers by that time that have been within the hallway boarding.”
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