‘Boiling point’: Alberta doctors warn of health system collapse as COVID cases climb – CBC

Staffing crisis, overwhelmed ICUs & mixed messaging from province created ‘dire’ situation, doctors say

Sep 09, 2021

Alberta’s health-care system is on the verge of collapse, warns a group of physicians who are pleading with the government to strengthen public health measures to fend off a relentless fourth wave of COVID-19.

Dr. Shazma Mithani, an emergency room physician in Edmonton, said a staffing crisis, overwhelmed intensive care units and mixed messaging from the province has created a “dire” situation.

Her biggest fear, she said, is that doctors will need to triage patients should hospitalizations continue to mount.

“We don’t want to have to make these decisions where we’re choosing who gets to have (intensive) care or not. And we’re getting closer and closer to that every day,” Mithani said in an interview.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-doctors-health-care-collapse-covid-1.6169269

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