Managing the Flu Season and High Patient Volume
HealthWare Systems Blog
on Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Managing the flu season has been especially difficult for hospitals this year as health systems around the country are overflowing with record numbers of flu patients, resulting in ambulance diversions and delays, bed shortages, and ERs that are operating beyond capacity.
For example, Saint Agnes Medical Center’s ER in California has been operating at 104% capacity and UCLA Medical Center’s ER, which usually treats around 140 patients/day, recently treated over 200 patients in one day. In January Illinois had 100 more flu outbreaks than it did last year at the same time.
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