The scarcity of nurses in Houston hospitals has reached a breaking level as sufferers wait hours for care

Medical tents outside Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital are ready to receive COVID-19 patients immediately, but beds are empty because there are not enough nurses.

HOUSTON – The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 continues to near peaks.

Mayor Sylvester Turner said Saturday that on August 12, 393 people were admitted to local hospitals due to COVID-19.

He said this was the fourth highest number of hospital admissions due to COVID since the pandemic started last year.

However, hospitals with overflow triage areas remain unmanned.

Medical tents outside Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital are ready to take in COVID-19 patients immediately, but beds are empty because there aren’t enough nurses to care for the patients.

“Please send help now,” said Dr. George Williams, chief medical officer in the intensive care unit at LBJ Hospital.

“We can currently treat six patients here and that may seem like a small number, but considering how crowded we are in the hospitals, six patients can make a huge difference in our current circumstances,” said Dr. Williams.

Although these beds are available, some patients have to wait hours to be seen.

“We need more staff to be able to take care of what we have in the hospital by ourselves. Not to mention it, “said Dr. Williams.

The nursing staff at LBJ has decreased by almost 27 percent.

Governor Greg Abbott has called 2,500 out-of-state nurses to help overcrowded hospitals.

“But 2,500 that the governor put on the street and says you can get are for the entire state of Texas,” said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.

Dr. Williams said they are still waiting for the sisters to arrive.

“Our nursing team and our medical teams are getting thinner and thinner to take care of all COVID patients who are currently in the hospital and in our intensive care units. So it’s a very serious situation, ”he said.

Right now they are doing what they can to help as many people as possible.

Dr. Williams said if hospitals continue to be overcrowded, the chances are the next time a patient comes and can’t find a bed or seat, the patient will have to be moved to another hospital, be it nearby, in Texas or not in the country.

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