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Oct 18, 2021, 5:54:59 AMOct 18


Oklahoma doctors called 40 hospitals to find an ICU bed for a COVID-19
patient with internal bleeding. None of them had space and he died., (Yelena Dzhanova), 18 hrs ago.

A 69-year-old man in Oklahoma died of COVID-19 after there were no
available ICU beds to take him in.

The man, Johnnie Novotny, had developed a hematoma while hospitalized
and had to be transferred to another ICU bed for a surgical procedure.
Forty hospitals across four states said they did not have an available
ICU bed for him.

Doctors in Oklahoma called dozens of hospitals in and out of the state
to find one available ICU bed for a 69-year-old man with COVID-19.

Of the 40 hospitals they called, they couldn't find a single one
available, the Washington Post reported.

Johnnie Novotny developed a hematoma while hospitalized for COVID-19.
Doctors scrambled to find him an available ICU bed that would offer him
more specialized care than the hospital could provide.

As Matthew Payne, his doctor, made calls to hospitals both nearby and
miles away, Novotny began to feel more and more anxious, the Post
reported. He started panicking and removing the tubes connected to his
body and trying to get off his ventilator. He was lonely and he felt
hopeless, according to the Post.

When he developed a hematoma, Payne and other doctors at Stillwater
Medical Center in Oklahoma knew they didn't have the required specialist
who could perform the procedure he needed.

They had 48 hours to find an ICU bed in a hospital with a doctor who was
qualified to perform the surgery. Without the transfer, Novotny would
die, the Post reported.

Video: As covid-19 patients fill the ICU again, a doctor wonders why it
had to be this way (The Washington Post).

"You feel like you're on an island, and no one's looking to send out
search-and-rescue planes to save you," Payne told the Post. "The case
managers are tossing messages in a bottle, and no one is there to pick
those up."

Payne and other doctors widened their search, calling hospitals in
Missouri, Arkansas, and Kansas. As they received no after no from each
hospital, Novotny's blood pressure plummeted. The hematoma was swelling
up and doctors were running out of time to save his life, the Post

Family members kept hoping for a miracle.

But every hospital they called across four states said they didn't have
space to take in Novotny.

"They were absolutely desperate, hoping against hope something might
have changed," Payne said. "You basically have to be the dream-stealer
and tell them this isn't working and, at this point, it is truly
hopeless. We can't get him transferred out."

Novotny, who was unvaccinated, died on August 8.

Oklahoma hospitals, many overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases, have been
facing shortages in resources and staff for months. In the summer, the
Delta variant spread rapidly across the state, bringing all-time highs
to Oklahoma's COVID-19 case count.

About 48% of Oklahoma's population is fully vaccinated against the
coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Read the original article on Business Insider.
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