Hospital system experiences staff shortage and supply chain issues

The surge of the omicron variant is hitting hospitals upstate and especially healthcare workers. Several upstate hospital systems have seen an influx of COVID-19 patients in recent weeks. “The biggest impact I’ve seen is what it does to our staff,” said Mary Jane Jennings, chief nurse at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. The Spartanburg Regional Health System reported 163 hospitalized COVID-19 patients on Monday. According to a table, 115 patients are not fully vaccinated, 38 patients are overdue for a booster, and 10 patients are fully vaccinated. On Monday, the hospital system said 17 people were in the intensive care unit; 15 people were not vaccinated and two were late for a booster injection. The hospital system says the number of patients on ventilators is dropping and it hopes the number will not increase. On Monday, it was reported that nine people were on ventilators; eight were unvaccinated and one was overdue for a booster. Jennings said on Tuesday they had 185 COVID-19 patients. secede, ”she said. Jennings said the hospital system is struggling to keep the five floors of COVID-19 patients on staff while juggling its regular patient load. “Every day we had 60 to 75 people,” she said. “Last week we are testing at least 100 employees per day.” Jennings said that another looming issue that has been constant throughout the pandemic is the supply chain. “Because now this one is so contagious to the manufacturers and those who make the raw products, so we’re on a just-in-time delivery system at this point,” Jennings said. While Jennings says the omicron variant appears to be less lethal, she says they still see a lot of patients, posing challenges for other patients in the hospital. “Our number of patients who literally stay in the emergency room for a bed to open on the floor has been close to 70,” Jennings said. She urges people not to go to the emergency room unless they do. is an emergency or if they are very ill. The Spartanburg regional health system which has been overwhelmed due to asymptomatic people looking for a COVID-19 test. “I’m not saying don’t come though you have to come, but if there is another opportunity to find care, don’t choose the emergency room, ”she said. The hospital system is urging people not to go to the emergency room looking for a COVID-19 test or vaccine.

The surge of the omicron variant is hitting hospitals upstate and especially healthcare workers.

Several upstate hospital systems have seen an influx of COVID-19 patients in recent weeks.

“The biggest impact I’ve seen is what it does to our staff,” said Mary Jane Jennings, chief nurse at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

The Spartanburg Regional Health System reported 163 hospitalized COVID-19 patients on Monday. According to a table, 115 patients are not fully vaccinated, 38 patients are overdue for a booster, and 10 patients are fully vaccinated.

On Monday, the hospital system said 17 people were in the intensive care unit; 15 people were not vaccinated and two were late for a booster injection.

The hospital system says the number of patients on ventilators is declining and it hopes the number will not increase. On Monday, it was reported that nine people were on ventilators; eight were unvaccinated and one was overdue for a booster.

Jennings said they had 185 COVID-19 patients on Tuesday.

“We hope we reach the peak at this point, so it will take another three to four weeks for that peak to secede,” she said.

Jennings said the hospital system is struggling to keep the five floors of COVID-19 patients on staff while juggling its regular patient load.

“Every day we had 60 to 75 people,” she said. “Last week we are testing at least 100 employees per day.”

Jennings said that another looming issue that has been constant throughout the pandemic is the supply chain.

“Because now this one is so contagious to the manufacturers and those who make the raw products, so we’re on a just-in-time delivery system at this point,” Jennings said.

While Jennings says the omicron variant appears to be less lethal, she says they still see a lot of patients, posing challenges for other patients in the hospital.

“Our number of patients who literally stand in the emergency room for a bed to open on the floor has been almost 70,” Jennings said.

She urges people not to go to the emergency room unless it is an emergency or if they are very ill.

Jennings says they have had emergency rooms within the Spartanburg Regional Health System that have been overwhelmed due to asymptomatic people seeking a COVID-19 test.

“I’m not saying don’t come if you need to come, but if there is another opportunity to find care, don’t choose emergencies,” she said.

The hospital system is urging people not to go to the emergency room looking for a COVID-19 test or vaccine.

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