As Idaho hospitals fill, patients end up in other states, at great expense

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports, and Audrey Dutton, Idaho Capital Sun In late August, 2-year-old Charlotte McCabe started vomiting in the middle of the night.  Her parents, Megan and Cliff McCabe, initially thought she had a stomach bug. When she began acting listless, they brought her to an urgent care center, where a provider recommendedContinue reading “As Idaho hospitals fill, patients end up in other states, at great expense”

IDHW data shows younger Idahoans dying of COVID at higher rate than before

While those older than 65 continue to be most affected by the Delta-driven COVID surge, for weeks, Idaho healthcare workers and officials have been warning that more and more unvaccinated younger patients are being admitted to ICUs across the state. Now, the state has data to show how the latest Delta-driven surge is affecting thoseContinue reading “IDHW data shows younger Idahoans dying of COVID at higher rate than before”

“These people didn’t need to die now, and they didn’t need to die like this.”

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports During a weekly Idaho Department of Health and Welfare media briefing on Tuesday, IDHW Director Dave Jeppesen and Dr. Jim Souza, chief physician executive of St. Luke’s Health System, shared some insight into the onslaught of COVID patients that prompted the department to activate crisis standards of care last week:Continue reading ““These people didn’t need to die now, and they didn’t need to die like this.””

Saint Alphonsus, St. Luke’s delay vaccination requirement deadlines

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho’s two largest hospital systems have paused a requirement that employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. “While we remain committed to our vaccine requirement policy, we are pausing the requirement for our Idaho colleagues only while crisis standards of care are activated,” said Mark Snider, communications director for Saint Alphonsus. TheContinue reading “Saint Alphonsus, St. Luke’s delay vaccination requirement deadlines”

¿QUÉ SIGNIFICAN LAS NORMAS DE ATENCIÓN EN CASO DE CRISIS?

¿QUÉ SIGNIFICAN LAS NORMAS DE ATENCIÓN EN CASO DE CRISIS? Las normas de atención de crisis se implementan en circunstancias extremas cuando hay más personas que necesitan atención médica que recursos disponibles para ayudar a todos. Esto establece un marco para que los trabajadores de la salud prioricen cómo usar los recursos y a quiénContinue reading “¿QUÉ SIGNIFICAN LAS NORMAS DE ATENCIÓN EN CASO DE CRISIS?”

Crisis standards of care activated statewide

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Crisis standards of care has been activated statewide, as hospitals across the state continue to buckle under the strain of COVID-19 patients, most of whom are unvaccinated. St. Luke’s Health System requested the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare make the designation. The Crisis Standards of Care Committee met virtuallyContinue reading “Crisis standards of care activated statewide”

Families struggle to find local care as Idaho hospitals hit crisis

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Monday, Diana Rowe took her 82-year-old father, James, to the emergency room at North Canyon Medical Center in Gooding. He was dehydrated and weak, and a home health provider told Rowe to take him to the hospital right away. When they arrived, the hospital was “jam-packed,” Rowe told IdahoContinue reading “Families struggle to find local care as Idaho hospitals hit crisis”

Gov. Little “exploring legal action” against Biden’s vaccine mandates

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Friday, Gov. Brad Little announced he and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden are exploring legal options to fight President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination mandates. On Thursday, Biden announced he is taking steps to mandate vaccinations for federal employees and contractors, health care workers at facilities that accept Medicare and Medicaid,Continue reading “Gov. Little “exploring legal action” against Biden’s vaccine mandates”

Crisis standards of care activated in north Idaho

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has activated crisis standards of care for north Idaho after unvaccinated COVID-19 patients have overwhelmed hospitals and stretched resources thin. Crisis standards of care provides a framework for healthcare providers to make decisions on allocating limited healthcare resources during extreme emergencies, in whichContinue reading “Crisis standards of care activated in north Idaho”

Doctors describe “the most extreme healthcare delivery situation” Idaho has ever faced

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports In a Thursday media call, Treasure Valley hospital leaders warned that healthcare delivery will continue to suffer as hospitals are inundated with unvaccinated COVID-19 patients. The message was similar to what healthcare professionals across the state have said since mid-August: Idaho is veering dangerously close to crisis standards of care.Continue reading “Doctors describe “the most extreme healthcare delivery situation” Idaho has ever faced”