BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– Baton Rouge General Chief of Critical Care, Dr. Stephen Brierre said the hospital is facing a lack of doctors and nurses.
“We have lost a significant number of nurses, lost them as far as availability, to care for patients because they have contracted the virus,” Dr. Brierre said.
The Governor said at his press conference on Thursday the issue is statewide and the direct result of community spread.
“The doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists and everybody else who works as a healthcare professional, they leave the community and go to the hospital,” Edwards said.
Baton Rouge General is currently unable to accept as many transfer patients from smaller hospitals who can’t provide the care they need.
“We have fewer nurses, therefore we have fewer ICU surge beds available and so many patients are being left in these smaller outlying hospitals without specialty care,” Dr. Brierre said.
Elected surgeries are still being put off for now because of the staffing issues.
“Elected procedures are being cancelled and are being put off which could have detrimental outcomes for people who have been waiting for some time,” Brierre said.
Dr. Brierre said compliance with the Governor’s mandate will help solve the community spread issue.
“I’m extremely disappointed in the politicization of what is occurring, I just want the patient to get better and I want fewer people to suffer from the disease, this is not about politics,” Dr. Brierre said. “Wear a mask, wash your hands, lets protect each other and lets serve each other.”