Southern California hospitals are inundated with coronavirus patients and don’t have enough oxygen to treat those who are most critically ill.
The supply problem led at least five hospitals in Los Angeles County to declare an “internal disaster” on Sunday, with all arriving ambulances carrying patients being turned away.
The Los Angeles County Department of Health confirmed the expulsion, but did not state which hospitals were located, only that they were in the eastern parts of the area.
District and hospital officials told news outlets that the problem wasn’t just a shortage of gas itself.
Medical centers also don’t have enough canisters to send home with patients as wellAging hospitals do not have tubes that are able to circulate large amounts of oxygen into patient rooms.
At least five hospitals in Los Angeles County declared an “internal disaster” that caused them to shut down all ambulance traffic due to oxygen storage. Pictured: A doctor attends to a COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit at Providence St. Mary Medical Center’s Apple Valley, California on December 23
Aging hospital tubes are unable to handle the high flow of oxygen that freezes the tubes, and there aren’t enough jerry cans to send them home with discharged patients. Pictured: Dr. Rafik Abdou (right) and respiratory therapist Babu Paramban examine a COVID-19 patient at the Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles on November 19