The stark situation of COVID’s impact on Alaska has affected the ability of the state’s largest hospital to provide care for some patients. The Providence Alaska Medical Center’s Medical Executive Committee said Wednesday that it must implement a “crisis standard of care” amid the worsening coronavirus situation.
“While we are doing our utmost, we are no longer able to provide the standard of care to each and every patient who needs our help,” the hospital said.
Doctors at Providence believe the infection rate will continue to worsen over the next few weeks. “As we watch the case rates rise in our community, we anticipate an escalation in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the coming two to four weeks,” Chief of Staff Kristen Solana Walkinshaw wrote.
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The Providence Alaska Medical Center implemented a “crisis standard of care,” amid the worsening coronavirus situation. Elective surgeries, some of which have already been months-delayed because of the pandemic, will be pushed back yet again. https://t.co/76Vz7ZuqDx
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