The teams sent by the state would assess the needs of hospitals in terms of staffing, personal protective gear, oxygen machines and ventilators.
“We’ve been able to take that information and are sending a new team embedded at LA County hospitals to encourage load leveling and greater coordination,” said Newsom, meaning that hospitals will work together to transfer patients from those most severely impacted to those with fewer demands.
Newsom said the impacts to hospitals will begin to be seen among patients receiving care for non-COVID related issues. Across the state 86 hospitals were granted staffing waivers, but those changes have consequences that could result in care that’s below the quality patients typically enjoy. Those impacts can eventually lead to unnecessary deaths even for those people who might be at the hospital for reasons unrelated to COVID-19.