Source: Toronto area hospitals are redeploying hundreds of doctors, nurses and other health workers to care for critically ill COVID-19 patients — with one bringing in physicians from northern Ontario — to keep pace with the ongoing flood of patients with the virus.
Weeks into the third wave, doctors say the number of patients coming to hospital is accelerating, many arriving sicker, needing care faster, putting an increasing burden on emergency departments already struggling to cope.
Some GTA hospitals aretreating severely ill COVID-19 patients in hallways, with others reporting entire families coming to emergency departments needing urgent care.
The mounting challenge of finding intensive care beds comes even as paramedics are transferring a record number of patients from overburdened hospitals. Between April 1 and 13, paramedics transported 327 patients to create ICU capacity, more than any other month in the pandemic.
“This is beyond what we’ve ever anticipated,” said Dr. Steven Jackson, chief of staff at Mackenzie Health, which includes the Richmond Hill Hospital and the new Vaughan Cortellucci Hospital, currently serving as a COVID-19 overflow site. Intensive care units at both hospitals are at capacity and staff, including anesthesiologists and surgeons, are being redeployed to care for COVID-19 patients.
“The projections show us something beyond our comprehension: That we will run out of capacity. We don’t want to institute the critical care triage protocols, where we actually have to ration care and decide what patient gets the life saving support, and which patient does not.
“We’re going to do everything we possibly can to be as creative as possible to avoid that dire scenario.”
Provincial modelling released earlier this month predicts as many as 800 or 900 COVID-ICU patients in the coming weeks, though current daily case counts will push those numbers even higher. As of Wednesday, there were 635 adults with COVID-19 in Ontario ICUs.
Someone needs to ask Randy Hiller if having our hospitals turn into a third-world triage qualifies as a pandemic.
— Ottawa Citizen (@OttawaCitizen) April 15, 2021
Let’s talk stock of where Doug Ford’s efforts have put all Ontarians, in picture form.
We’ve had 7 straight days of 4000+ infections with the vast majority being the MUCH deadlier B1.1.7 and P1 variants.
Newfoundland is offering to send doctors and nurses to Toronto to help exhausted frontline workers deal with the avalanche of new cases.
Texas, which hasn’t had a mask mandate in well over a month, has a lower positivity rate than Doug Ford’s Ontario.
Japan has issued a travel to ‘steer clear’ of Ontario.
The B1.1.7 Variant (UK strain) is the dominant VOC accounting for 85% of all new infections.
Doug Ford’s Ontario has had 406,819 cases and we’re closing in on 8000 deaths.
The Spanish flu (killed 100 million globally) didn’t have a third wave like this.
Meanwhile, Meat, like this woman, thinks it’s all a fucking joke.
There’s never been a period in human history when Canadian hospitals have been overrun by people with ‘the flu’.
NEVER have 25,000 Canadians died in one calendar year from ‘the flu’.
To the best of my knowledge, Japan has never issued a travel advisory to Ontario because of ‘the flu’.
Other provinces have never sent a flotilla of medical professionals to Ontario to deal with ‘the flu’.
Do you wanna know what else? We’re not vaccinating ourselves out of this like the US. We have NO vaccines and the vaccines we do have are sitting in a fucking freezer.
The rest of the world isn’t laughing at us. They’re laughing at Doug Ford and Justin Trudeau but mostly Doug Ford.
We won’t be back opening anything in this province for a good 90 days so start applying for government assistance programs. Oh, wait. Those don’t exist anymore.
Get into a book series.
Start a 30,000 piece all-black puzzle.
Start experimenting with mushrooms. I hear micro dosing is a thing.
Apply to dog adoption agencies and watch them sell your personal information for a profit.
Rewatch Nate Erskine Smith savage the Ford Government for dereliction of duty from Tuesday’s show.
We’re going to be at home for a while.
PS: Watch Doug refuse outside help. He did it with LTCs and he’ll do it again. He thinks it will make him look bad and he’ll sacrifice a few hundred lives instead.