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Hospital lifts red alert status

December 30, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

After more than 12 hours without open, monitored beds at Washington County Hospital Sunday evening and Monday morning, the facility lifted its red alert status.

Hospital spokeswoman Maureen Theriault said the hospital, which was put on red alert at 7 p.m. Sunday, was taken off at 7:50 a.m., Monday. The hospital is placed on red alert status when no monitored beds, which electronically tracks a patient's vital signs, are available.

During the same period, the hospital also was on trauma bypass, meaning the hospital would only treat nearby priority-one patients, those who are seriously injured and have not yet been stabilized, Theriault said. Washington County Hospital currently has 28 beds in its emergency department, all of which were taken Sunday evening, Theriault said.

In the event of a red alert, most incoming patients are re-routed to other area facilities including Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital.

Theriault said Sunday evening that the large number of patients, suffering from a wide range of maladies, caused hospital staff to open beds in areas typically used for outpatient services.

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It is the second year in a row the hospital went on red alert within days of New Year's Eve. In 2002, flu symptoms were to blame for the bed shortage.

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