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Hospitals Bogged Down By New Patients

POSTED: Monday, May 4, 2009 - 6:42pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 10:29pm

Since the swine flu outbreak, local hospitals have been bogged down by new patients. But how many are actually being treated? A spokeswoman at Las Palmas Hospital says her hospital has seen an increase of patients in the last week, but many are not showing signs of the flu. That's a problem for staff and other patients.

"When you double your census, which is the number of people that come into the emergency department, my normal staff cannot handle that," said Las Palmas head nurse Caryn Iverson. "What we've had is this worried well that keeps coming in and overcrowding the ERs."

So how do you know if you need to go to a hospital? Iverson says healthy adults who feel under the weather have no need to worry. But young children and elderly folks who have flu symptoms should not wait.

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