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Metro hospitals slammed with admissions

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Along with the heavy admissions, hospitals are seeing a strain on emergency departments. Along with the heavy admissions, hospitals are seeing a strain on emergency departments.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

From the University of Mississippi Medical Center to St. Dominic's to Baptist Medical Center, patient admissions are at full or near-full capacity.

"We're doing everything we can do to find space to place patients, including discharges when we can. We also see this phenomenon with other areas such as skilled nursing facilities. They are all full too, so it takes longer to get patients out of the hospital," said Care Management Director at St. Dominic's, Dr. Michael Sanders.

Sanders says St. Dominic's is currently at peak capacity. The same has been true at Baptist Medical Center. Spokesperson Robby Channell says admissions have maxed out at certain times.

"Last week we did. We were really full and we worked to accommodate everybody. Everybody that had to be admitted, we got them admitted. But we did see a large volume last week," recalls Channell. 

Along with the heavy admissions, hospitals are seeing a strain on emergency departments.

Many of the patients are those like Shaquille Owens, who's just been diagnosed with the flu. "He's nine months old and it does scare me cause he's so young," said his mom, Kierra Williams.

Williams brought her son to the emergency room after she noticed flu symptoms. "It was very crowded but they got the young kids in as fast as they could."

Emergency department rooms are equally full at St. Dominic's with beds even flowing into the hallways for triage. And while there aren't a lot of patients being admitted to the hospital with the flu, plenty of flu patients are showing up in the emergency room.

State health officials are still encouraging people to get the flu vaccine.

Convenience locations like Walgreens, Kroger Pharmacies and some private clinics like MEA have run out of flu shots, but health officials say there's plenty of vaccine available at county health departments.

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