This article appeared in the Washington Post. It highlights how COVID patients over running the hospital system has displaced other patients who need care. Unfortunately this is what has happened in Geelong when we were forced to care for a large percentage of unvaccinated COVID patients from Melbourne. This meant surgical restrictions, even though Geelong cases were low. This situation may arise again in 2022. We thankyou for your patience, and share this story to highlight the resource management difficulties facing us all over the world as cases rise and infection control restrictions fail.
“Anthony Weeks, his son, said that the family believes their vaccinated and boosted father was the latest indirect victim of the pandemic — and that he would have survived his sepsis diagnosis if he was immediately admitted to a larger medical center that had an open bed.”