Northern Idaho deactivates crisis care standards due to COVID-19

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare deactivated Crisis Standards of Care (CSC) in the Panhandle Health District on Monday, leaving the entire state out of the crisis care standard. The other six health districts deactivated crisis care standards on Nov. 22. Crisis care standards are used when there areContinue reading “Northern Idaho deactivates crisis care standards due to COVID-19”

Idaho deactivates crisis standards of care in southern half of state

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho has deactivated Crisis Standards of Care for six of the state’s seven health districts. On Monday morning, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced the deactivation. Only the Panhandle Health District remains under crisis standards due to a high number of cases and hospitalizations, particularly in Bonner County. DuringContinue reading “Idaho deactivates crisis standards of care in southern half of state”

“It’s such a traumatic experience.” Nampa toddler recovering after COVID nearly causes liver failure

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports In late August, Megan McCabe found herself at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, holding her 2-year-old daughter still while doctors sewed a dialysis line into her neck. A week earlier, the girl, Charlotte, had been playing with her brothers at their home in Nampa, and was jumping offContinue reading ““It’s such a traumatic experience.” Nampa toddler recovering after COVID nearly causes liver failure”

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”

Spokane VA hospital accepting Idaho civilian patients

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Spokane, Washington, has begun accepting civilian patients from Idaho. Idaho has been in statewide crisis care standards since Sept. 16 and regularly struggles to find open beds for patients in need of health care. Mann-Grandstaff normally only treats veterans, but given circumstances inContinue reading “Spokane VA hospital accepting Idaho civilian patients”

“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.””

Gov. Little allocates another $10 million to medical facilities for COVID relief

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced the allocation of another $10 million to provide relief from the growing strain on hospitals and health care workers. Idaho has been in statewide crisis care standards since Sept. 16 and coronavirus patients continue to flood hospitals. Crisis care standards are implemented when there areContinue reading “Gov. Little allocates another $10 million to medical facilities for COVID relief”

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”

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”

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”