These are patients who have serious medical conditions as well as mental health problems. State hospitals are not set up to provide complex medical care. When such care is needed, they work with outside providers — a system that was interrupted by COVID, as many practitioners restricted their practices. “Inappropriate” in this case doesn’t mean that the patients should not have been admitted. It means they should have been admitted to a facility better equipped to care for them. Source
But while 2020’s results may look better under this scenario, the DLCV sees a longer-term trend. Still, if COVID was the proven or suspected cause of seven deaths, and those seven are removed from the total of 62, the state’s numbers begin to look less alarming. The total would drop to 55, more in line with 2019’s decline.
“e think … inappropriate medical admissions have been going on for years,” executive director Colleen Miller told The Mercury. But Piedmont reported that only seven of its 25 death were “due to or concurrent with” COVID.
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