As COVID-19 fills ICUs, Little deploys National Guard again

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports In a last-ditch effort to avoid crisis standards of care, Gov. Brad Little announced Tuesday he is mobilizing Idaho National Guard members to support health care facilities across the state.  In a press release Tuesday morning, Little said they have not yet implemented crisis standards of care, but statewide, hospitalsContinue reading “As COVID-19 fills ICUs, Little deploys National Guard again”

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”

Wages, housing, competition, burnout: Multiple issues contributing to Idaho hospital worker shortages during COVID surge

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports A perfect storm of circumstances is contributing to staffing shortages is hitting Idaho hospitals right now, and a widespread solution isn’t immediately clear. On Thursday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Board of Health heard an update on Idaho’s current COVID-19 wave, which IDHW officials fear will trigger statewideContinue reading “Wages, housing, competition, burnout: Multiple issues contributing to Idaho hospital worker shortages during COVID surge”

Kootenai Health nearly at capacity as COVID admissions increase

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene is nearly at capacity and is no longer able to accept transfers from smaller regional hospitals, as COVID-19 admissions continue to rise. According to a Wednesday press release, COVID hospitalizations and ICU admissions have roughly tripled since July 28. “This past winter, it took aContinue reading “Kootenai Health nearly at capacity as COVID admissions increase”

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”

St. Luke’s hopes more employees choose to get vaccinated as hospital faces staffing crunch

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho’s latest COVID-19 surge, which has prompted some hospitals to delay certain non-emergency procedures because of staffing shortages, comes as a September deadline approaches for employees of St. Luke’s, Saint Alphonsus, and Primary Health to get vaccinated or risk losing their jobs.  During a media call on Thursday, St. Luke’sContinue reading “St. Luke’s hopes more employees choose to get vaccinated as hospital faces staffing crunch”

Some Idaho hospitals delay non-emergency procedures as hospitalizations, ICU admissions rise

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports As COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and ICU admissions are climbing statewide, two of the state’s largest hospitals, St. Luke’s Health System in southern Idaho and Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene, have announced they are once again halting certain non-emergency procedures because of the recent increase in COVID-19 patients.  On Wednesday, theContinue reading “Some Idaho hospitals delay non-emergency procedures as hospitalizations, ICU admissions rise”

Positivity rates in coronavirus tests climb, ICU patients are younger

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Boise Mayor Lauren McLean hosted health care administrators for a coronavirus briefing Wednesday to provide an update on the Delta coronavirus variant in Idaho.  The doctors stressed the importance of vaccinations and continuing to wear masks indoors as the Delta variant continues to rip through Idaho. Primary Health Medical GroupContinue reading “Positivity rates in coronavirus tests climb, ICU patients are younger”

Will healthcare workers who decline the vaccine be eligible for unemployment?

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Protests continue in the lead-up to vaccination deadlines set by St. Luke’s, St. Alphonsus, and Primary Health, but if nothing changes between now and September, will employees who are fired for not getting the COVID-19 vaccine be eligible for unemployment benefits?  It depends, but it will likely be an uphillContinue reading “Will healthcare workers who decline the vaccine be eligible for unemployment?”