SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) — As emergency rooms throughout San Bernardino County refill with coronavirus sufferers, ambulances are being compelled to line up in entrance of ERs and wait typically hours with secure sufferers inside.
To assist handle considerations, the county plans to ship fewer ambulances out to calls, reserving them just for life-threatening emergencies, reminiscent of bother respiration attributable to coronavirus and different illnesses.
“We wish to do our greatest to decompress these amenities, enable them to look after the sick sufferers and to catch up in order that the system itself can sustain with the inflow of COVID and flu season,” stated Eric Sherwin of San Bernardino County Fireplace
As a substitute, paramedics and a firetruck will reply to non-life-threatening calls countywide.
“I believe all of us in healthcare can consider varied occasions the place emergency departments within the healthcare division have been strained. I’m not conscious of any time the system has been strained for such an prolonged time period,” Sherwin stated. “For each hour that ambulances are ready, that ambulance just isn’t out there for different 911 calls within the system.”
San Bernardino County has fewer hospitals than L.A. County and Orange County, so some officers aren’t shocked they’ve needed to come to this choice to handle the inflow of sufferers.
“The quantity of calls have really elevated however our capability to move sufferers to the hospital and depart them on the hospital has been impacted. The wait time in any respect of our space hospitals has develop into impacted,” stated Invoice Watson, the director of Care Ambulance. “We’re blessed in L.A. and O.C. with extra hospitals so we aren’t seeing it right here however I believe each EMS company is doing their greatest to deal with this pandemic.”
Officers wish to stress to the neighborhood that this variation doesn’t stop their entry to medical care — it solely modifications it, prioritizing life-threatening circumstances over secure sufferers.