What do crisis standards of care mean for Idaho?

Crisis standards of care are implemented in extreme circumstances in which there are more people in need of health care than there are resources available to help everyone. It sets up a framework for health care workers to prioritize how to use resources and who to help first. The Idaho Crisis Standards of Care planContinue reading “What do crisis standards of care mean for Idaho?”

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”

Idaho Reports to air live show Thursday on crisis standards of care

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  Idaho Reports will air a live special Thursday featuring medical experts from around the state to discuss the recent coronavirus surge and hospital capacity at 8 p.m., Sept. 9. The special, called “The Consequences of Crisis Care,” comes after two public health districts in Idaho reached crisis standards of careContinue reading “Idaho Reports to air live show Thursday on crisis standards of care”

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”

Crisis standards of care impacts all patients, not just COVID patients

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports If crisis standards of care are implemented in Idaho, anyone seeking medical care at a hospital could be affected, not just coronavirus patients.  Crisis standards of care are implemented in extreme circumstances in which there are more people in need of health care than there are resources available to helpContinue reading “Crisis standards of care impacts all patients, not just COVID patients”

Kootenai Health converts classroom to COVID care unit in preparation for crisis standards of care

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Kootenai Health has converted a classroom to a COVID-19 care unit in preparation for crisis standards of care. Kim Anderson, communications and marketing director for Kootenai Health, told Idaho Reports the hospital is on the cusp of asking the state to declare crisis standards of care for their region. WhenContinue reading “Kootenai Health converts classroom to COVID care unit in preparation for crisis standards of care”

Crisis standards of care committee to meet this week as hospitals risk being overwhelmed

By Ruth Brown and Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Tuesday, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare officials said the state’s crisis standards of care advisory committee will meet later this week, signaling how close Idaho is to a public health crisis in which hospitals are overwhelmed and must ration health care.  Elke Shaw-Tulloch, administrator forContinue reading “Crisis standards of care committee to meet this week as hospitals risk being overwhelmed”