Health care professionals on the front lines constantly tout ‘we need more’

Northwell Health emergency room physician Dr. Darien Sutton provides an update on what equipment hospitals need and why they aren't prepared for what's to come.
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We need more those are the words constantly being touted by health care professionals at the front lines here and across of them joining us now is doctor Darian Sutton who's an emergency room physician here. In New York City doctor thanks so much for joining us. Good evening or use. I am well hanging in there has all of us are so let's get straight to do you in your hospital have what you need in terms of personal protective equipment or PD I mean how prepared is your hospital. So the answer is no the amount an N 95 masks that have been circulated reports that we are simply just not enough. We're finding that we're using and 95 masks on a weekly basis when they normally are used or one piece interaction so we're already at the point where we're stretching our resources. Now we haven't had the worst may yet and in hospitals are already saying that there out of equipment. Our systems just not set up for scenarios like the one that we're facing. So that's a great question we often set up for emergency system not emergency event such as mass casualty incidents are every yard is set up in a way where we can facilitate. But this is a situation where we're going to a mass casualty incident every single day. I'm a lot of people restaurants other prior problem inspections are outbreaks. Such as SARS and 2003. But the simple reality is is that this pandemic be coated nineteen batters. Are far far outweighs the effects of such fire consensus aren't so. It's a simple real reality that we just did not have the capacity to story being not necessary to treat us any people now. Some doctors in Italy of warned over the weekend that they were growing concern that hospitals were becoming a place of transmission backing to communities is that something that we should be. Thinking about it what's your advice to patients who want to go to hospitals in New York who don't have coded issues. Yes I hear that and I will see if there's always concerned about aspects we labor costs and in many different yards and outspoken my colleagues around New York City we tracked it established zones where we get decent or high risk that the likely diagnosis that Coca nineteen. And other zones for peace and some other emergencies like strokes heart attacks and other issues that are happening still regardless of this and that's in. The reality is is that as time goes on everyone is going to be exposed we're trying our best but what I would say to people were coming into the emergency room. It's really ask yourself whether or not you need to be there and realize that you're stepping into place and at high risk of exposure to code in nineteen if you don't already. So when I liked him for inform people is you like other resources like tell us how urgent care and calling BER. And talking about your symptoms to lenders are provider and you probably be better understand what you're getting into you. Ed tell us a little bit about the types of cases that you're seeing especially when it comes to young people who as we saw over the weekend. Some of them seem to think of their immune. Yes and I have to say that I I thought the same I thought the name when I was looking at initial data and it's it's it's ever coming from China I thought that this is a disease that was really is limited so those are over 63 those who have chronic conditions. But the reality is is that I'm not seeing that I'm seeing with these is coming and in their thirties and forties. Who are requiring significant interventions requiring oxygen and integrations. On and having significant pneumonia at a meeting and symptomatic. I can say back from the reports as far as the CDC Goss the mortality outcomes are still very low for those under the age of forty. But we're still doing these procedures and interventions that are needed for these people poorer in my mind young and should never really beauty. At no point they can't be stressed enough as the need for social distancing and flattening curve we keep hearing that right but are there levels to this is going out for leisurely run summing of people should be. Avoiding at this point I saw a bunch of people in Central Park on Friday you know kind squish together. On park benches people are still going out they're still kind of in close proximity to each other. Now so. I would inform people his first off the definition of social distancing is that you wanna basically retain your Bentley units of that deems it. If you live with an assault us stays with your roommates for example. It doesn't mean that you should invite another apartment over because in effect is inviting you barely units together and inappropriate if you're trying to follow the rules also this same. Tests are going up around I think that's completely okay how Abner. If you notice that you're in a space of a high population density. You need to find an exit and get out because you're going to be exposed inevitably or if you have asymptomatic Soviet you're going to expose someone else horrible. So what I try to inform people is they say. Be aware of the surroundings around you and if some place is crowded avoided. Doctor Sutton thank you so much for your time in your insight we really appreciate that. Of course they do source in the.

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