Thursday, April 9, 2020

What Govt doesn't do well: Why USNS Comfort, Javits Center are mostly empty as coronavirus strains New York ERs

This is a big foul up on the part of government because the original goals of the USS Comfort was to handle non-Covid patients. 
But, that somehow changed overnight.  NYC also decided not to treat cardiac patients.  My response?  What the hell was the USS Comfort for?  So why should we expect government to do better when they do most things wrong?
NY Post reports the USNS Comfort and the Javits Center field hospital remain practically empty of COVID-19 patients as both Department of Defense-run facilities strictly manage intake while getting up to speed — to the frustration of medical staffers at swamped city emergency rooms.

The Navy-manned, 500-bed Comfort, which docked last week on the city’s West Side — and was  this week reconfigured to take high-severity coronavirus cases — has just over 60 patients, Navy officials said Thursday.

And the Army-manned, 1,000-bed Javits Center field hospital — now serving lower-severity COVID-19 cases — had only 190 patients, a spokesperson said Thursday.
Meanwhile, cramped hospitals are being told that nearly all of their patients don’t fit the “criteria” for admission at either facility, frustrated staffers and public officials complain.

“It’s bulls–t,” one staffer at the overcrowded Metropolitan Hospital Center in East Harlem told The Post of a 25-point checklist for transferring patients to Javits.

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