WVU Medicine Camden Clark ends ‘mini-disaster’ diversion

PARKERSBURG — With more COVID-19 patients than it had at its peak in January, WVU Medicine Camden Clark decided Tuesday to divert patients from the emergency room and hospital although it ended the diversion Tuesday evening.

The hospital declared a “mini-disaster alert” early Tuesday morning, according to a statement from President and CEO Steve Altmiller.

“A mini-disaster alert is defined as notification from a hospital that a physical incapacitation of a necessary functional component of the hospital has occurred, making further patient care untenable,” he said. “Beginning early morning on Monday, CCMC started experiencing decreased pressure on its oxygen supply coming from (oxygen) storage tanks. The issue came about due to the extraordinary increase in oxygen required to treat predominantly COVID patients.”

The diversion was scheduled to end at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday with officials continually monitoring the situation.

A Camden Clark representative said as of end-of-business Tuesday the COVID census at was at 77, an all-time high.

The hospital has canceled non-emergent surgeries and cath lab procedures and shifted to a supplemental oxygen supply, Altmiller said.

“We have taken additional steps to address the oxygen demand while ensuring safe and appropriate care for our patients,” he said. “We are currently adding emergency oxygen tank support to stabilize our systems. We are also developing permanent solutions to the problem.”

Read more in Wednesday’s edition of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.


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