Cold hard facts about the effect of Wave 5 on healthcare in AB:— Dr. Shazma Mithani (@shazmamithani) January 20, 2022
1. non-ICU acute care is significantly above capacity with both COVID and non-COVID related illnesses.
2. ERs are seeing unprecedented wait times.
3. EMS is stretched very thin – many areas with no ambulances. /1
Below is a twitter thread, written by Jorge A. Caballero, MD, that answers the above two questions. It is definitely worth reading.
Still not sure what #PoPAB is all about? Alberta doctors are not calling for lockdowns. Help us support the call for #TestTraceIsolateAB by attending protests, contacting elected officials, and signing the petition at https://t.co/tVFYAYAmKp #AbLeg #abhealth pic.twitter.com/y5A0OOls6R— Alberta Activist Collective (@ActivistAlberta) August 7, 2021
ICUs where I work (Peel region) are 80% occupied by people with respiratory failure from COVID— Brooks Fallis (@BrooksFallis) December 26, 2020
Most are 50 to early 70s & were perfectly healthy & living normal lives prior to getting COVID
If you think this disease only kills frail & elderly people you have not seen much COVID
If you only have time to read one Twitter thread, here is one worth considering.
It’s me, the respiratory therapist and the bedside nurse gowning up together. Only 3 of us will do this to reduce the risk of exposure. Despite the layers of protective clothing between us she can see the concern in my eyes, and I see the fear in hers.— Darren Markland (@drdagly) November 29, 2020
Doctors in rural communities around Alberta are leaving, retiring or changing their services. Why is it occurring and who is responsible? For answers to these and other questions, check out this article.
A short but powerful video. Definitely one worth watching.