DENVER (KDVR) – Colorado healthcare workers have to work extra shifts this holiday season as they face staff shortages and an increase in COVID and other hospitalizations in the state.
“I would love to be home with my family, but my second family is my team in the ICU,” said Dr. Joshua Solomon, of the ICU section of National Jewish Health.
Salomon took a shift at another metro area hospital this Thanksgiving to help. He spent his vacation in the intensive care unit at Good Samaritan Medical Center.
“Today we had 18 patients. All of them are COVID, 17 of them are on life support, ”Solomon said.
Compared to the pre-pandemic period, Solomon said healthcare workers face changes in planning while on vacation. He said it was because of a staff shortage and an increase in the number of patients.
“Thanksgiving is not my birthday, but I am rallying like all of my colleagues to help,” Solomon said.
He said after Thursday’s rallies, especially those indoors with large groups, hospitals here will see more patients increase.
“I’m afraid we may have a peak at Christmas because of this holiday. I don’t know where we’re going to put the patients, but we’re going to find out, ”Solomon said.
Solomon is hoping that if the Food and Drug Administration approves Pfizer’s antiviral pill, there might be a light at the end of the tunnel for COVID.
“Next year will be a little brighter, and at some point you’re going to be like, ‘Oh, it’s like the common cold, you’ll take a pill and get on with your life,’ Solomon said.
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