Doctors continue to worry as patients avoid the ER
As a consequence of the novel coronavirus pandemic, emergency departments are experiencing a drop in visits. Since the outbreak began, Centura hospitals have seen a 50% drop in visits.
While that number has improved, the hospital system that owns St. Anthony Summit Medical Center is still seeing a 30% decline in ER patients, according to a Centura news release.
Doctors are concerned that patients are putting off receiving care for life-threatening injuries or chronic illnesses out of fear of contracting the virus. Visiting the emergency department for any reason is safe, according to the news release.
Centura hospitals have implemented safety measures, including screening patients for symptoms before they enter, cleaning the department throughly and isolating patients that show signs of the virus.
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