Stars and Stripes stripes.com 04 Jan, 2021 21:00 am

A California hospital waits for the next shoe to drop amid the COVID onslaught

A California hospital waits for the next shoe to drop amid the COVID onslaught
Hospitals across Southern California have been hit hard by the recent COVID-19 surge. Many of them are operating at peak capacity and are concerned about an even larger surge after Christmas and New Year's gatherings. The feeling that the other shoe — a larger and heavier one — has yet to fall is pervasive among healthcare workers.

Mann said that if the situation becomes more critical, nurses may have to consider taking on more patients."That's our average age that we're getting," Mann said."That's the hardest thing," Mann said."There are some pretty amazing nurses here," Mann said.

Mann said the hospital will get 17 nurses, four physicians and two respiratory therapists.Mann said she is trying to obtain more negative-pressure helmets for her nurses.

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