‘Help Us Help You’; Uintah Basin Healthcare Shares Hospital Capacity Concerns
By Kristin Forbis, Sep 15, 2021
Uintah Basin Healthcare issued a press release on Tuesday with a testing and hospital capacity update they hope the community will seriously consider. The last week of August, Uintah Basin Healthcare averaged 50 COVID tests daily and now are averaging 89 COVID tests daily. Tests are now at 27 percent positive. In 2020, the ER averaged 206 patients per week. The Uintah Basin Medical Center Emergency Room is now averaging over 290 per week. Last year, Uintah Basin Healthcare served 588 patients on Oxygen/CPAP/Bipap services. Currently, there are 1,360 patients on this service with the number increasing daily all while there is a shortage of oxygen cylinders, concentrators and supplies. As beds have filled up and the workload increased, other departments have had to step up to help care for Med Surg patients. Departments are taking on heavier loads while simultaneously experiencing staffing shortages. Local healthcare professionals are pleading with the public to take the strain on medical services seriously. “HELP US HELP YOU,” states UBH President and CEO Jim Marshall. “Our resources are limited, and we are experiencing physical and emotional exhaustion as we work to provide quality care to those who need it most. We are here for you and will do everything we can to care for those you love. In return, do everything you can to take preventative measures and use our resources wisely,” he continues. “Together, we can unite in the fight against COVID-19. Thank you for trusting us with your care.” So what exactly is the community being asked to do? First on their list is for all that can, to get vaccinated. Unvaccinated patients account for 87% of COVID hospitalizations in the last two months at UBMC. Additionally, wash your hands, stay 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, cover coughs and sneezes, clean and disinfect high touch surfaces, stay home when sick, and wear a mask. All are also asked to reserve the Emergency Room for emergency situations. If you are coming to the ER with COVID-19 symptoms, stay in your vehicle and call 435-725-7474. The Urgent Care is a great alternative for many situations. Visit www.ubh.org/urgent-care for information.