North Texas hospitals request for emergency personnel denied by state – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Hospitals in North Texas say they need hundreds of additional staff to deal with a spate of COVID-19 cases, but the state has rejected their requests for emergency personnel.
“Staff are probably the most important resource we have to be able to do our jobs,” said Monee ‘Carter-Griffin, an intensive care nurse practitioner who works at several DFW hospitals.
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Right now, there are over 1,800 COVID-19 patients in hospitals in North Texas, which is more than four times the number we had a month ago.
“When I look at the numbers that are increasing every day, I think to myself, please, not another January or February,” Carter-Griffin said.
Hospital staff are already at the end of their rope, struggling to keep up with the influx.
“We have a very tired workforce,” said Stephen Love, president and CEO of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council. “These frontline people are heroes. They are 18 or 19 months old. Many people are tired, many are leaving the profession.
Through the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council, hospitals in the area have requested more than 600 emergency medical personnel from the State Department of Health Services, which the agency has funded from the start. of the pandemic.
However, recent requests have been denied and the state has encouraged hospitals to seek help through their cities and counties instead.
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“Local governments across Texas now have access to more than $ 10 billion in federal local coronavirus tax recovery funds that are available to pay for urgent COVID-19 response needs, including medical support staff Said Chris Van Deusen, director of media relations for DSHS. “… As always, emergency response begins at the local level. Encouraging health facilities to use the resources already available within their communities will ensure that the response can be as flexible as possible. They can work with their cities and counties to increase or relocate needed staff as needed throughout this phase of the pandemic. Most healthcare facilities have relationships with recruiting companies, but we can help them connect them with the companies we have used, if necessary. “
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said federal funds the state wants them to use to bring in emergency hospital staff have already been allocated to other COVID-19 relief programs.
The county is now working on a new plan but is hoping the state will reverse its decision.
“We’re going to make sure we do what is necessary to keep you safe, but it would definitely be a lot easier if we could get the leadership and help from the state,” Justice Jenkins said.
Regardless of where the funding is coming from, hospital workers say they need help now.
“We’re so exhausted, and I don’t think people recognize the emotional aspect that goes into being able to care for these patients,” Griffin-Carter said. “You want fresh, mentally healthy staff. “
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She says this is one of the keys to getting North Texas through the latest wave of COVID-19 cases.