Beaumont Health approaches a “breaking point” with more than 430 employees sick with COVID-19

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A Beaumont Hospital emergency room sign.  - YES DUNBAR, SHUTTERSTOCK

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  • A Beaumont Hospital emergency room sign.

Beaumont Heath warned it was reaching a “breaking point” due to an influx of COVID-19 patients and more than 450 employees on sick leave with symptoms of the virus.

The eight health care hospitals in Michigan care for more than 750 patients, a 40% increase over the past week.

Beaumont, the state’s largest healthcare system, urges its hospitals to consider reducing elective surgery, outpatient imaging and testing so they can focus on COVID-19 patients and other urgent medical issues.

For the first time in its history, the hospital bought full-page advertisements in local newspapers titled “We are at a breaking point” to urge people to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by being vaccinated and practicing social distancing.

On Tuesday, Michigan reported its highest number of positive COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, with 27,346 confirmed infections over the past two days.

“The omicron variant is one of the most contagious viruses we have seen in our lives,” said Dr. Nick Gilpin, Beaumont Health’s medical director of infection prevention and epidemiology, in a statement. “It is more important than ever for society to help curb the spread of this disease. Our health systems are overwhelmed. If you have ignored our requests for help before, now is the time to act. We need everyone’s help. to get through this fourth wave. Wear a mask. Get vaccinated. Get boosted. ”

Gilpin said staff “struggle” to keep up with demand and urged patients to show “compassion and understanding.”

Vaccines, especially the booster, continue to make a difference to prevent COVID-19 from developing into more serious stages, Gilpin said. Only 8% of COVID-19 patients in the hospital received a booster shot.

To assist the depleted staff at Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn, the U.S. Department of Defense medical staff will be given an extra month. The team, which was scheduled to leave on January 2, consists of six registered nurses affiliated with the emergency room, eight resilient nurses affiliated with the intensive care units, two respiratory therapists and two providers of pre-practice.

“They’ve done a phenomenal job with our amazing staff at Dearborn,” said Tom Lanni, Operations Manager at Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn. “We were able to open additional beds in critical care, and our patients and staff have really benefited from the expertise that the DOD team has brought to our hospital. We feel fortunate to be able to work with DOD team members in a extra month. ”

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